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Penn Battle II
Spinning Reel Review

971 Reviews $99.95

There are lots of great reels on the market, but we think the Battle II is the best spinning reel for the money. This high quality spinning reel offers great performance at an affordable price.


The Penn Battle II is available in the 8 sizes: 1000, 2000, 2500, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, 8000.

Larger sizes have higher line capacities and drag ratings. The wide range of sizes means there is a Battle II reel that will work for any fishing environment.

HT-100 drag system

The Battle II features Penn’s proprietary HT-100 drag system.

This system uses a series of carbon fiber washers and offers a very smooth reeling experience. Carbon fiber also helps reduce heat buildup.

The the drag system was mentioned in numerous user reviews of the Battle II. Users frequently remarked on how smooth and even the drag was.

Sealed bearings

The Battle II has 5 sealed bearings, helping to create silky smooth action while also reducing water intrusion.

This is especially helpful when used as a saltwater fishing reel. Sealed bearings prevent saltwater from entering the bearing race and leaving behind salt crystals.

Line indicator rings

The Battle II has three line capacity rings on the spool. These rings provide a visual indicator of how much line is left.

What people liked

  • Very smooth
  • Quiet
  • Durable
  • Low maintenance
  • High quality for the price point

Possible drawbacks

  • A handful of user said it was on the heavy side


All-metal body
Functions as a saltwater or freshwater spinning reel
HT-100 carbon fiber drag system
Line capacity rings
5 sealed stainless steel ball bearings
Superline Spool
Instant anti-reverse feature

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Penn Pursuit III

552 Reviews $39.39

The Pursuit III is Penn’s budget spinning reel.

It features the same smooth HT-100 drag system as the Battle II. The body is made of graphite rather than metal, which is a bit lighter but might not offer the same durability.

This is a great value spinning reel for people who only fish occasionally or just want a good reel for the price.