Penn Battle II Spinning Fishing Reel
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- Durable, high-range spinning reel ideal for conquering big saltwater gamefish
- Full metal body, sideplate, and rotor and heavy-duty aluminum bail wire offer exceptional durability
- HT-100 carbon fiber drag system provides powerful drag without sacrificing smoothness
- Fluid cranking with 5 sealed stainless steel ball bearings and instant anti-reverse bearing
- Superline spool requires no backing, is braid ready, and has line capacity rings marked at 1/3, 2/3, and full capacity
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|Penn Battle II 2000 Spinning Reel||Penn Battle II 2500 Spinning Reel||Penn Battle II 3000 Spinning Reel||Penn Battle II 4000 Spinning Reel||Penn Battle II 6000 Spinning Reel||Penn Battle II 8000 Spinning Reel|
|Mono Capacity YD/LB||240/4; 180/6; 125/8||255/6; 175/8; 140/10||200/8; 165/10; 120/12||270/8; 220/10; 165/12||335/15; 230/20; 210/25||340/20; 310/25; 230/30|
|Braid Capacity YD/LB||210/8; 180/10; 165/15||240/10; 220/15; 160/20||250/15; 180/20; 130/30||360/15; 260/20; 185/30||490/30; 390/40; 335/50||475/50; 390/65; 345/80|
|Penn Battle II 3000 Spinning Reel||Penn Spinfisher V 4500 Spinning Reel||Pflueger President 40X Spinning Reel||Pflueger Supreme XT 30X Spinning Reel||Penn Fierce II 3000 Spinning Reel||Abu Garcia Revo SX 30 Spinning Reel|
|Mono Capacity YD/LB||200/8; 165/10; 120/12||300/8; 250/10; 185/12||285/8; 230/10; 195/12||255/5; 145/6; 130/8||200/8; 165/10; 120/12||175/8|
|Braid Capacity YD/LB||250/15; 180/20; 130/30||320/10; 280/14; 200/20||320/10; 280/14; 200/20||275/6; 190/8; 160/10||250/15; 180/20; 130/30||180/10|
Arm yourself for the most punishing saltwater battles with the Penn Battle II Spinning Fishing Reel. Crafted from durable materials and packed with fish-fighting features, this saltwater reel is engineered to catch fish year after year. From the full metal body, sideplate, and rotor to the five sealed stainless steel ball bearings, each component is designed to help you land your catch. The reel's HT-100 Versa-Drag carbon fiber drag system leverages both sides of each drag washer to provide maximum drag, and its instant anti-reverse bearing eliminates pullback so you reel without interruption. Additionally, the drag washers are treated with a proprietary grease to ensure long-lasting performance. Suitable for use with Berkley or Spiderwire Superline, the spool is fitted with a rubber gasket that prevents the Superline from slipping under pressure--meaning anglers can use braided line without a monofilament backing. And thanks to its line capacity rings, the spool displays at a glance how much line is remaining.
Style Name: 1000
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Penn puts their blue grease everywhere in this reel. This is generally a good thing. I however removed it from the drive shaft and line bushing and replaced with Penn reel oil. The reel now is easier to turn than it was out of the box.
Non-sealed saltwater reels should be easy to take apart and put back together because if you dunk one that is what you will be doing. This is for the most part true of the 2500 Battle. There are no side plate screws hidden under the rotor. You therefore can take off the side plate for service and inspection without taking off the rotor. The screws don’t get boogered up with standard screwdrivers and are easy to take off.
However, Penn departed from their easy to service design philosophy on the roller bearing and anti-reverse switch. It’s like they were an after thought. The roller (anti-reverse) bearing is a 10-piece affair that will come apart in your hand when you take it out. Penn added an anti-reverse switch on this smaller model. To activate the A/R, it relies on a tiny spring that looks like it belongs in a watch. Penn really dropped the ball IMO on the design of the roller bearing assembly and anti reverse switch. They are way too difficult to put back together and if the spring corrodes and breaks you have no anti-reverse. The 3000 and up models don’t have an anti reverse switch and look to have a one-piece roller bearing.
The reel has a plate to keep the rotor nut from coming loose. The plate is held in with one screw. Penn put two screw holes in the rotor to screw the plate in to. You pick whichever one you need. This extra hole goes uncovered and is an entry point for saltwater to get under the rotor. Come no Penn, what were you all thinking?
The reel has a screw in handle. I like this better than a pin type handle that you insert into the reel and screw down with a retaining cap on the other side of the body. The reel feels very solid when you turn the handle with very little play.
The Battle has a bushing for the line roller, no bearing here. I prefer this design as it is more reliable and easier to service. This is an area where they saved cost with no decrease in performance. Ditto the reel handle, no bearings here either, again one less bearing to replace from saltwater intrusion. I personally think bearings on the line roller and handle are a sales gimmick with no advantage in a small reel.
I like this reel allot. It is all metal and has sealed bearings for less than $100 shipped. However, if you are going to service and repair your reels yourself, can live without the anti-reverse switch and don’t mind a little more weight, I would get the 3000. The 3000 doesn’t have that multi-piece roller bearing and anti-reverse switch. I will keep this reel for my kid’s rod, but will buy 3000 sizes for my other inshore rods.
I took off a star for the multi-piece roller bearing assembly and an anti-reverse switch with a tiny spring.
factory seal and make sure it hasn't been tampered with upon arrival.
That said, although you can cast this reel frequently, I wouldn't want to. I've used reels that feel 'old school' and this reel mistakes that term for clunky. I have a litany of 3000 Fin-Nor reels with all of the same features, and they out perform the Battle II in almost every way.
Bottom line: this may seem scathing, but I think this reel has some merit. It will probably last you a long time with proper maintenance, and that's not something you can always say at this price point. If this is your only reel, you'll probably find it adequate, but it becomes far less enjoyable to use when you know what else is out there for the same price. It's one of the only reels I have that I avoid using, and it's sort of become my de facto loaner rod when I bring along inexperienced friends.