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VAAVUD Wind Meter for Smartphones

Model # 15100605Mfg # VAV-1R

$39.95

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Product Description

  • Weighs only 16g (0.6oz)
  • Measures wind speed from 4 to 48 knots (2-25 m/s)
  • Reliable electronic-free technology
  • Durable construction
  • Highly accurate: +/- 4% or 0.4 knots (0.2 m/s)
  • Clear, neat App interface
  • Free Vaavud™ App
  • Neoprene storage pouch included

The rugged and electronic-free Vaavud™ wind meter turns your compatible smartphone into a high-tech meteorological tool, measuring wind speeds up to 48 knots with near-professional precision. Its unique design and electronic-free technology provide durability and reliability to meet the demands of an active life and the powerful Vaavud™ App provides an extremely easy to read and user-friendly interface, with the potential for expanded functionality and interaction.

Design

With its compact two cup design, inspired by professional anemometers, the Vaavud™ wind meter is accurate, practical and truly pocket friendly. It has a one piece durable plastic rotor and low friction PTFE bearing. Reliability and long service life are assured through the use of revolutionary electronic-free technology, communicating directly with the magnetic field sensor in your smartphone.

Vaavud App

The Vaavud™ App measures and displays wind speed in commonly used units of measurement. It has a neat and clean interface that shows the most important wind characteristics: actual, mean and max wind speeds. The smoothed graph provides additional data on variations in strength as well as a quick overview. The graph supports both drag and pinch to zoom so data can be viewed in fine detail.

The Vaavud™ App is available free from the Apple App Store, Android Market and web sites. The Vaavud™ development team is working on adding History and Map features to the App, which will allow users to easily share wind information and help each other find the perfect location for every activity.

Precise

The Vaavud™ wind meter has a wind range from 4 knots up to 48 knots (2 m/s up to 25 m/s). Accuracy is the lower of +- 4% and 0.4 knots (0.2 m/s), with testing and calibration confirmed in the professional wind tunnel at the Technical University of Denmark. The cup anemometer design makes the Vaavud™ less sensitive to the way it is pointed; a weakness in impeller type wind meters.

Compatible with Smartphones and Tablets

The Vaavud™ wind meter application works on iOS or Android smartphones. The electronic-free signal transfer utilises the magnetic field sensor, often called a digital compass, in your phone or tablet. To be able to detect high wind speed this sensor requires a high update/refresh frequency. The following devices have been confirmed as capable with the Vaavud™ wind meter and App, and will function across the full working wind range.

Compatible With:

  • Apple iPhone 4 / 4s / 5
  • Apple iPad 2, 3 & 4 generation / mini
  • Samsung Galaxy S2* / S3 / S4

*Samsung Galaxy S2 Magnet Insert Replacement: When used with a Galaxy S2 phone, the standard four magnet insert in the Vaavud™ wind meter must be replaced with the two magnet insert included in the box. A video showing how this is done can be found under the SUPPORT tab on the Ronstan web site www.ronstan.com. Note, this may also apply to certain other phones as well. For an updated list see www.ronstan.com

 

 

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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VaavudWind Meter for Smart Phones
 
4.3

(based on 12 reviews)

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90%

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

cool device

Used this extensively this summer from a zodiac. It was pretty accurate, but it required a steady hand on your iphone. It seemed to lose connection if the iphone is bouncing around too...Read complete review

Used this extensively this summer from a zodiac. It was pretty accurate, but it required a steady hand on your iphone. It seemed to lose connection if the iphone is bouncing around too much. It was interesting seeing the variation in the windspeed.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Important: check compatibility before

Can't really rate it because it does not work with either my Galaxy Note 3 or my Galaxy S5

However, you can check compatibility with your smartphone before you buy: vaavud.com/compatibilityRead complete review

Can't really rate it because it does not work with either my Galaxy Note 3 or my Galaxy S5

However, you can check compatibility with your smartphone before you buy: vaavud.com/compatibility

disappointed, but it was just going to be a toy anyway

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Important: check compatibility before

By weather(inthe)buff

from North & Central Texas

Pros

    Cons

    • Incompatible

    Best Uses

      Comments about Wind Meter for Smart Phones:

      Can't really rate it because it does not work with either my Galaxy Note 3 or my Galaxy S5

      However, you can check compatibility with your smartphone before you buy: vaavud.com/compatibility

      disappointed, but it was just going to be a toy anyway

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This is a handy little gadget!

      By AzAv8tor

      from St. David, AZ

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comes With Carrying Bag
      • Fairly accurate
      • Good App

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • sailing

        Comments about Wind Meter for Smart Phones:

        This is a great little gadget for sailors! You can spend hundreds, or even thousands buying wind measuring electronics, or you can spend $50 on this. Seems like a no brainer to me! It works well, and if there happens to be someone with this device at the lake or launch site you are going to, you can see the current winds others are measuring. That is one of the things I really like about this app. The ability to share your local information with others is invaluable in certain circumstances. Buy this if you need to measure wind speeds. It is the cheapest way to do it, and you already have your smart phone with you.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        It Works!

        By BuyRighter

        from NE Ohio

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Easy to use
        • Functional

        Cons

        • Flimsy

        Best Uses

        • Use anywhere

        Comments about Wind Meter for Smart Phones:

        Handy and easy to use and seems to be relatively accurate. Comes with a convenient cloth carrying case.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Fun

        By Captain

        from Hilton Head, SC

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Wind Meter for Smart Phones:

        My husband is a pilot and a boater. This was a big hit as a Christmas gift. The entire family enjoyed it. Accurate and easy to use.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        the best gadget so far

        By drcloud

        from east central fl.

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • It works great
        • Nice Case

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Spot Checking Wind

          Comments about Wind Meter for Smart Phones:

          For checking wind on sailboat

          The map feature

          It is the best gadget I've purchase for my smartphone

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Idiot Proof & A good tool

          By Not A Wright Brother

          from Bristol, RI

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Use To Monitor Quad Flite
          • Worked Well In The Field

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Measure Max Wind 4 Flite

          Comments about Wind Meter for Smart Phones:

          I monitor wind for drone flights. Product is easy to use and accurate enough for safe flight.

          From an asthetic stand point only, I wish the wind pods were black, red makes it seem toy like, which it is not.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Functional and fun for gadget lovers

          By Chesapeake32

          from Maine

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to use
          • Good For Power And Sail
          • Great Race Committee Tool
          • Lifeproof Case Compatible

          Cons

          • Check Fit With Phone Case
          • Measures Wind Speed Only

          Best Uses

          • Cruising
          • Hikingoutdoor Use
          • One Design Racing
          • Powerboat
          • Race Committee

          Comments about Wind Meter for Smart Phones:

          I am using this primarily for weeknight J24 racing. It is a great, and fun tool for checking wind speed and gusts. It worked with lifeproof case, and a friends otterbox case, so we were not afraid to pull phones out and use it while sailing around pre-start and in between races. The unit is very durable, and needs no special care, I just throw it into a gear bag pocket to bring sailing. There are crowd sharing applications (check out weendy)to use with it as well as the free app from Vaavud. Hopefully in the near future we will be seeing wind direction as part of the Vaavud app offering.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Cool wind meter

          By Asym Pete

          from Dewey Beach De

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact and durable
          • Cup Style Anemometers
          • Easy Set Up And Free App
          • Great Value
          • Great Value 49

          Cons

          • No Historical Data
          • No Wind Direction

          Best Uses

          • Any Launch Point
          • On the beach

          Comments about Wind Meter for Smart Phones:

          Cool little tool and super accurate. I picked one up the summer and use it on my Samsung S3. Great for reading the constant speed and gusts before rigging up. Super easy setup and the app is free

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Ronstan wind meter

          By Wind Worshiper

          from Annapolis

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Lightweight
          • No hardware needed

          Cons

          • Cant Be Used On The Water

          Best Uses

          • Estimating Wind Speed

          Comments about Wind Meter for Smart Phones:

          Picked one up at the Sailboat show. Used it about 10 times and love it. Great for determining the constant wind and gusts and saved rigging the wrong sail/kite multiple times.
          Leave in the glove box of car and use it anytime.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Downloaded the app in seconds, works great on Samsung S3

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Such a fun little gadget

          By Windy

          from New England

          Verified Reviewer

          Comments about Wind Meter for Smart Phones:

          I've had a blast with the Vaavud. Used it in low wind with great readings and results and have been totally compelled to take it out when its howling to see whats happening. It was great, very fun readings and the new geographic crowd share map is neat to share readings with.
          I know what I'm getting my people for Christmas!

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