Penn Battle II Spinning Reel is the new successor to Penn Battle that has been everybody’s favorite for 4 years. Compared to its predecessor, the Penn Battle II features significant new upgrades, making it one of the best spinning reels out there. One of the most notable upgrades is the addition of line capacity rings to let the angler know when the spool is adequately filled. This ensures the casts are not overloaded with excess line stripping from the spool, enhancing cast-ability, improving ease of use especially when catching bigger fish.
The open face reel can be purchased in 8 different sizes, going as low as 1000 and as high as 4000. All of the sizes fall under the medium high gear ratio category, starting from 5:2:1 and going all the way up to 6:2:1 in larger models. The impressive gear ratios indicate the reel is perfect for catching bass and well suited for other applications, while still handling inshore species extremely well.
As opposed to its older models, the Penn Battle II Spinning Reel has enhanced corrosion resistance due to its advanced improvements and use of 5 sealed stainless steel bearings and one anti-reverse bearing. The not only adds extra durability but also protects the reel from water intrusion, a common problem consumers had withits predecessor. In addition Penn’s Spinning Reel takes corrosion resistance to a new level with its improved paint job.
As mentioned above, the Penn Battle II Spinning Reel features line capacity rings, an innovation which is commonly being used by manufactures. The capacity rings assist the angler in determining how much line is left on the reel.This is an incredibly useful feature especially while hooking big fish.
Increased Drag Pressure
Users can almost instantly detect the increased drag pressure and overall smoothness of the device. Greater drag pressure was achieved by using the same tactics as in the previous Penn models. The use of the trademark HT-100 grad washers results in a 20% increase in maximum drag.
Most customers who reviewed the product on Amazon.com were ecstatic with their new purchase. May consumers claimed the spinning reel is the ‘best reel’ they ever bought. However, despite the good reviews, many consumers were quick to notice the new model was not significantly different from the previous. One notable factor which is yet to be fixed is the weight. The Penn Battle II Spinning Reel weighs almost just as much as its predecessor, making the reel inconvenient to use for new anglers.
Some notable features of the Penn Battle II Spinning Reel include:
- HT-100 Versa-Drag washers keyed to the spool.Thisallows anglers to use both sides of each drag washer
- Higher max, greater smoothness and improved range compared to its predecessor
- Drag washers greased with Penn’s famous proprietary PENN grease for increased durability and longevity
- Features no less than 6 stainless steel ball bearings with instant anti-reverse bearing