Penn Battle II Spinning Reel Review


This is a thorough review of the Penn Battle II spinning reel so that you can decide whether this option suits your personal requirements depending on your preferred fishing location and target species.

Don’t let the weight of Penn’s Battle II spinning reel trick you – this reel is no lightweight. The Battle II range is a solid workhorse reel that suits freshwater and saltwater anglers.

Penn has managed to make a well-engineered, high-quality, reel with the smallest models weighing in at just one pound. But beware – the bigger Battle II models weigh significantly more.Penn Battle II Spinning Reel 1 1

Bestseller No. 1
PENN 1338220 Battle II 5000 Spinning Fishing Reel
5,213 Reviews
PENN 1338220 Battle II 5000 Spinning Fishing Reel
  • Durable, high range spinning reel ideal for conquering big saltwater game fish
  • Full metal body, side plate, and rotor and heavy duty aluminum bail wire offer exceptional...
  • 4+1 stainless steel bearing system

Quantitative Score

Performance – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Durability – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Value for Money – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Overall – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Penn Battle II Review

The Battle 2 is the definition of durability. It is made from high quality materials and designed to handle bumps, scratches, and big fish. This reel is built for serious abuse.

For people who have never used a Penn reel before you will notice the resistance when turning the handle is higher than that of a Shimano or Daiwa reel. This is due to the thick reel grease and fully metal rotor.

Excellent Durable Body

Penn is known for their durable, well-built gear. The Battle II line is no exception with a full metal body and side plates covering the rotor and aluminum bail wire. The build quality makes it well suited to saltwater fishing as well as for freshwater anglers.

Penn reels are one of the few manufacturers based in the USA.

High-Quality Dragging Ability

The Battle II feature HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers that are designed to withstand hundreds of miles worth of fishing line drag. HT-100 washers are carbon fiber fabric laminated on fiberglass.

Although Penn was amongst the first to use carbon fiber for washers these types of products are more widespread in the industry now. For the Battle II the use of carbon fibre, along with the reel’s high-quality build is up to 30 lbs.

Penn Battle II Spinning Reel Photo

Great Caster

The lightweight nature of the Battle II’s smaller models mean it can be a casting dream in good weather. But a nightmare when the weather gets wild.The smaller reels weigh just one pound, so casting is easy and simple in calm waters. But if the winds gets up that light weight could be your undoing.

While the Battle II’s small reels are light, the top end of the range is much heavier and could flip this issue on its head.  The reel’s line capacity rings are a handy way to quickly check how much line you have out when trolling or long casting, or even a way to ensure you’ve put the correct amount of line on your reel.


  • Great drag capacity up to 30 lbs and decent casting accuracy.
  • Durably built with a full metal body and carbon fibre drag wasters.
  • Five stainless steel, sealed, ball bearings with an anti-reversal roller.
  • The smallest end of the range is extremely lightweight – weighing in at just one pound.


  • While the small Battle IIs are extremely light, the range’s bigger reels can be somewhat heavy.
  • Lightweight reels can be hard to cast in windy weather
  • The bearings don’t have a comprehensive sealing system so make sure you thoroughly flush and maintain your reel and store it dry

Penn Battle II Spinning Reel Video

Have a look at this Battle 2 review by Project Reel for some more information to help with your purchase decision:

Bestseller No. 1
PENN 1338220 Battle II 5000 Spinning Fishing Reel
5,213 Reviews
PENN 1338220 Battle II 5000 Spinning Fishing Reel
  • Durable, high range spinning reel ideal for conquering big saltwater game fish
  • Full metal body, side plate, and rotor and heavy duty aluminum bail wire offer exceptional...
  • 4+1 stainless steel bearing system


For the numbers buffs among us, have a read through the specifications of the Battle II 4000 series below:

BRAID CAPACITY YD/LB360/15 260/20 185/30
MAX DRAG LB15lb | 6.8kg
MONO CAPACITY YD/LB270/8 220/10 165/12
WEIGHT12.8 oz

Competitor Comparison Specifications

Let’s have a look at the specifications to compare the data between similarly ranked spinning reels. This data is based on a 3000 sized reel model.

Spinning ReelScoreBall BearingsSuitable for SaltwaterRetrieve RateGear RatioMax DragWeightMono Capacity (6lb)Price Range
Pflueger President5/59+1No31 inches6.2:110 lb7.6 oz145 yards$$
Penn Battle II5/55+1Yes35 inches6.2:115 lb12.3 oz210 yards$$
Pflueger Supreme XT5/510No33 inches6.2:112 lb8.0 oz230 yards$$

FAQs About Penn Battle II Spinning Reel

What is the weight of the reel?

The Penn Battle II 4000 series model weighs 12.8 oz.

How many ball bearings are there in the reel? 

The reel has 6 sealed stainless-steel ball bearings.

Is the device attached with another spool? 

No, if you are looking for a spare spool then you will need to purchase it separately.

What is the line capacity of this reel?

The line capacity of the Penn Battle II 4000 series is 270 yards of 8 lb mono or 360 yards of 15 lb braid fishing line.

What is the maximum drag?

Maximum drag weight is 30lbs.

What is the difference between the Penn Battle II and Battle III?

The Battle III comes with the upgraded body, rotor and bail design of the Slammer III. This gives the Battle III both improved durability and improved performance albeit at a higher cost. If you can afford the difference then go for the newer option.


The Battle II range are great workhorse reels that can suit many situations. Well built and durable, the inclusion of HT-100 carbon fibre washers means this reel is built to last. It has a good maximum drag weight of 30 lbs. The smallest Battle IIs are very lightweight, but that changes at the biggest end of the range which can be much heavier.

If you are looking for more reels then read through our article on the best Penn spinning reels.

If you have used a Battle II then please leave a comment below with your wisdom so that we can all learn from your experience.

Happy fishing!

Last update on 2021-11-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Russ Egan

Russ is an avid angler. He has fished all over the world, primarily for Saltwater game fish but also for local prize fish. Russ writes reviews for all of his fishing gear to help others achieve their own fishing goals. His favorite reel is a Shimano Tyrnos for an overhead reel or a Shimano Curado for a baitcaster. His dream is to catch a Black Marlin.