This is a thorough review of the Penn Battle III 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 III spinning reel trick you – trust me, this reel is no lightweight. The Battle III range is a solid workhorse reel that suits freshwater and saltwater anglers. I was looking forward to testing this reel out for years – it has a strong reputation.
The Penn Battle III is the upgrade of the old Battle II and I will explain the evolution.
I rate all reels based on my own personal experience and judgement.
Penn Battle II Spinning Reel
Table of Contents
- 1 Quantitative Score
- 2 Penn Battle III Key Features
- 3 Pros
- 4 Cons
- 5 Penn Battle III Spinning Reel Video
- 6 Specifications
- 7 Competitor Comparison Specifications
- 8 FAQ
- 9 Conclusion
Performance – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Durability – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Value for Money – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Overall – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Penn Battle III Key Features
The Battle III 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 III 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.
I always appreciate reels that are durable as this gives the best value for money.
High-Quality Dragging Ability
The Battle III 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.
The lightweight nature of the Battle III’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 III’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.
I found the casting to be accurate and to give good distance.
- Great drag capacity up to 30 lbs and decent casting accuracy.
- Durably built with a full metal body and carbon fibre drag washers.
- 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 III’s 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
- Lacks the features of the next model up the Clash II
Penn Battle II Spinning Reel
Penn Battle III Spinning Reel Video
Have a look at this Battle III review by Project Reel for some more information to help with your purchase decision:
For the numbers buffs among us, have a read through the specifications of the Battle III 4000 series below:
|BRAID CAPACITY YD/LB||360/15 260/20 185/30|
|MAX DRAG LB||15lb | 6.8kg|
|MONO CAPACITY YD/LB||270/8 220/10 165/12|
|RECOVERY RATE||37 inches|
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 Reel||Score||Ball Bearings||Suitable for Saltwater||Retrieve Rate||Gear Ratio||Max Drag||Weight||Mono Capacity (6lb)||Price Range|
|Pflueger President||5/5||9+1||No||31 inches||6.2:1||10 lb||7.6 oz||145 yards||$$|
|Penn Battle III||5/5||5+1||Yes||35 inches||6.2:1||15 lb||12.3 oz||210 yards||$$|
|Pflueger Supreme XT||5/5||10||No||33 inches||6.2:1||12 lb||8.0 oz||230 yards||$$|
But what I really wanted to look at is the difference between the Battle III and the Clash II which is the next model up.
This comparison was done with the 3000 sized model.
|Feature||Clash II||Battle III|
|Retrieve Rate||35 inches||35 inches|
|Max Drag||15 lb||15 lb|
|Mono Line Capacity||200 yards of 8 lb||200 yards of 8 lb|
What is the weight of the reel?
The Penn Battle III 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.
What is the line capacity of this reel?
The line capacity of the Penn Battle III 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 III 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.
I have reviewed a lot of reels and this is the first that I have ever given 5/5 for all categories. You are doing well in selecting this reel.
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.