wind meter for drones

6 Best Wind Meters For Drone Flying

If you’re reading this article, then you’re probably a drone pilot who has experienced the frustration of having the wind ruin your drone flying plans.

Obviously if it’s simply far too windy, you can probably tell just by looking out of the window, and seeing the trees shake. But if it’s kinda borderline, having a wind meter to tell you exactly whether you should or shouldn’t fly the drone can be super helpful.

In this article, we’ll take a look at:

Easy-to-use handheld wind meters

How windy is too windy to fly?

What to look for in a wind meter / anemometer

… so let’s get into it, starting with the product recommendations!

At A Glance: The Best Wind Meters For Drones

Here are three top choices at a glance, depending on what you need. 9.9 times out of 10, the Holdpeak product is a solid purchase for almost any purpose that requires a portable / easy-to-use handheld anemometer.

Last update on 2020-10-26

Please note: if you’re looking for a smartphone wind meter, this one by Vaavud needs a headphone jack to work, which might be a problem e.g. with the newest iPhones.

So let’s talk about these, plus a couple other options.

HOLDPEAK 866B Digital Anemometer Handheld Wind Speed Meter 

Okay, so… mentioned above, this handheld wind meter from Holdpeak is a really safe bet for the majority of use cases, including drone flying.

Some boxes that are ticked include:

  • Good detection range. Detects wind from as little as 0.3m/s. And goes all the way up to 69mph.
  • Indicates wind chill & temperature as well as speed (maybe not needed, but can’t hurt to have)
  • Small (6.5-inches tall) and lightweight (0.2kg) makes it easy to pack and carry around
  • Can be screwed onto a tripod

There are some features missing here that a slightly more expensive anemometer might have like humidity readings and USB connection, but I don’t think most people will require that. You’ll likely do just fine with this.

And, if it makes you feel reassured (it should!), there are thousands of reviews on Amazon too.

HOLDPEAK 866B Digital Anemometer Handheld Wind Speed Meter
  • Steday Wind Speed Measurement & High Accuracy: Wind Speed Range: 0.3-30m/s and Accuracy: 0.1dgts
  • ESSENTIALS FOR BAD WEATHER:You will know the hurricane trend before going out. HOLDPEAK anemometer...
  • MULTIFUNCTIONAL ANEMOMETER YOU WILL NEED: Wind Speed, temperature and wind chill in one LCD display....

Last update on 2020-10-26

Vaavud Wind Speed Meter with Smartphone App

If you’re strictly looking for a product that will plug into your smartphone, then this meter from Vaavud could be a good choice for you.

Again I feel it’s worth pointing out that you’ll need a headphone jack for this, and so that may be problematic for some phones, e.g. newest iPhones.

With this wind speed meter, you’ll download an app that comes along with the purchase, plug in the anemometer to your headphone jack, and read wind speed within the app.

If I’m being honest, I’d personally go with a handheld one such as the Holdpeak above every time. That being said though, this option is smaller, and it doesn’t require a battery — both of those things could be useful. Bare in mind that:

  • It isn’t compatible with some phones
  • The range is weaker (picking up only between 2m/s and 25m/s)
Vaavud Wind Speed Meter with Smartphone App
  • Compatible with Apple iPhone 4, 4s, 5. Apple iPad 2, 3, 4 gen & mini. Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, S4
  • Reliable electronic-free technology
  • Measures wind speed from 4 to 48 knots (2-25m/s)

Last update on 2020-10-26

PiscatorZone Handheld Mini Wind Speed Meter

A solid low-cost & basic option. Very small, very lightweight — pocket sized, even. Arguably a little fiddlier to get working and use the settings, but it’ll do what you need it to do (measure the wind speed!).

Can’t be mounted on a tripod, but can be attached to a lanyard.

PiscatorZone Handheld Mini Wind Speed Meter
  • If you have any problems,please feel free to contact us and we will give you a satisfaction...
  • Usage Scenario Display-Wind speed measurement of Outdoor Engineering , central Air Conditioning,...
  • It can simultaneous measurement of wind speed and wind temperature,Fan wheel with 6 blades, suitable...

Last update on 2020-10-26

In case, for any reason, one of those three options doesn’t do it for you — here are a few other noteworthy wind meters you could check out too:

BTMETER BT-100 Handheld Wind Speed Meter

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BTMETER BT-100 Handheld Wind Speed Meter
  • 【Multifunction Pro Anemometer】Wind Speed, Wind Temperature, Wind Chill, Low battery indicator on...
  • 【Accurate Wind Meter】Wind Speed Meter for measuring wind speed range 0.67~67.1 mph(+/- 5% of...
  • 【Tripod Hole for Mounting】There’s a metal threaded hole on the bottom of the digital...

Last update on 2020-10-26

Kestrel 1000 Pocket Wind Meter / Digital Anemometer

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Kestrel 1000 Pocket Wind Meter / Digital Anemometer
  • Accurate, rugged handheld wind /airflow meter with large, replaceable impeller
  • Measures and displays maximum, current and average wind speed in m/s, ft/min, km/h, mph, kt, B on...
  • Waterproof (IP-67), floats, drop-tested to military standards (MIL-STD-810G), patented

Last update on 2020-10-26

Proster Anemometers Handheld Wind Speed Meter

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Proster Anemometers Handheld Wind Speed Meter
  • Measure wind speed,wind chill and temperature;The LCD backlight screen makes it easier to read in...
  • Compact and Lightweight,Easy to Carry; Auto/ Manual Power Off; High Precision Pressure Sensor
  • Wind Speed Range: 0-30m/s; Wind Speed Unit: m/s, Km/h, ft/min, Knots, mph

Last update on 2020-10-26

When is it too windy to fly a drone?

Good question! The answer (shockingly) is: it depends. And it mostly depends on the model you’re flying.

There are some really cheap drones out there which will be easily knocked off-course by a slight breeze, or someone coughing nearby. Okay, maybe not that easily. But if you care enough about your drone to be reading this article, then you probably have something halfway decent.

Mario from TipsForDrones.com suggests that a good rule of thumb is to never fly in winds that are more than two-thirds of your drone’s max speed. So if your drone goes up to 18mph, steer clear of winds being 12mph+.

Of course the less wind the better, and you should check your own instruction manual or any other guidance provided by the manufacturer, but this rule of thumb should serve well. More than two-thirds = don’t risk it.

What To Look For In A Wind Meter

These are probably all fairly obvious things to think about, but just in case they’re helpful. When shopping for your wind meter, do consider:

  • Are you looking for something that is handheld / battery operated, or something that plugs into a smartphone
  • What is the minimum & maximum detectable speeds
  • How long is the battery life
  • Is there a backlight
  • Does it only measure wind speed, or also wind chill & other factors
  • How big & heavy is it
  • Will it mount to a tripod, or attach to a lanyard
  • Will it fit in your pocket? Your camera bag?
  • How expensive is it
  • In which units will it measure wind speed

That’s a wrap! You’ll notice that these products & tips aren’t all exclusively related to drone flying. But, for your purposes, a general anemometer for measuring wind speed should do the job. The same tool will work well for you, compared to those who are looking for something for shooting, kitesurfing, or any other purpose. Good luck, and I hope you found this helpful!

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