Penn BTLII2500 Battle II Spinning Reel
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|Bearings||Max Drag||Gear Ratio||Line Retrieve|
|5+1||12 lbs||6.2:1||33||10.3||$99.95 USD|
Battle II spinning reels have Penn's HT-100 Versa-Drag washers keyed into the spool which allows both sides of each drag washer to be used. This gives the Battle II higher max drags, more range, and smoother start ups than the competition. All HT-100 washers are greased with Penn's proprietary PENN grease for longevity.
- Full Metal Body, sideplate, and rotor
- HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers
- 5 Sealed stainless steel ball bearings
- Instant Anti-Reverse bearing
- Heavy-duty aluminum bail wire
- Superline Spool
- Line Capacity Rings
4.5 Stars based on 71 reviews
New York, NY
November 12, 2017
this is a good, solid reel from a company that has been doing it a long time. The drag is smooth and the bail is solid. It's a great reel for the money, and certainly will the demands of a weekend warrior!
Apollo Beach, FL
July 8, 2017
Great starting reel
I own a 3000, 4000 and 2 6000s and if you are someone looking for a reel to get started with look no further. The penn battle 2 is a great reel I've owned one for almost 4 year. Keep the reel well maintained with oil and grease and the reel will last you.
March 20, 2017
great reel for the money
awesome reel, that handles tons of different fish
February 16, 2017
Penn BTLII4000 Battle II Spinning Reel
These Penn reels are absolutely amazing. They are tough, reliable, and made well. I use them constantly from April to November in intense salt water action.
Stony Brook , New York
January 22, 2017
One of the best reels for the money
I own many penn battle reels, they're great reels for the money. The penn battle series is one of the smoothest fishing reels I've fished. I fish mine atleast twice a week and it holds up great! The only flaw of the reel is how easily the bail closes
ProsSmooth, durable, compact, light weight
ConsBail closes while casting
January 17, 2017
Good reel for the price
Overall this is a good reel for the price but it's only a matter of time before it will be trash. I've had this reel for around two years and it still is in working condition but the spool is starting to pit due to saltwater fishing. I took the drag apart to grease the washers and notice the corrosion around the drag system. The screws holding the drag washers in place are soft and I stripped one out, I drilled the screw out to grease drag. The drag knob has a rubber seal on it to keep water out but it doesn't work, it better than nothing though. Ive greased the gearing of the reel a few time just be careful of the fragile plastic holding the parts in place. For the price it is a good reel but if your looking for a reel that will last along time this is not it.
December 20, 2016
I am using it in casting and light jigging , strong and smoth
November 24, 2016
Great Reel, but
The battle 2 is a great reeel for your buck. great drag smooth and clean finish. One of Penns finest reels but, i have been receiving a lot of wind knots with this reel sometimes even when casting with the wind
ProsSmooth, good drag, clean finish
ConsA lot of wind knots
July 18, 2016
solid salt water reel
i love how solid this reel is. great drag and a lot of power. smooth retrieve. nothing to complain about. just a little heavy.
Boynton, beach fl
July 13, 2016
Nice compact reel that has smooth drag and the ability to cast a mile
July 8, 2016
One of the worst reels I've ever owned
This reel lasted less than a season. And Penn supposedly"beefed" it up? I bent the main gear and stripped all the teeth in less than a year. It seemed like a nice smooth reel when I got it. It did not last and did not stand up to the conditions it was marketed to.
ConsWeak Lasted less than a season Not sealed Weak internal parts.
By Anthony Jerussi
July 3, 2016
I have always loved Penn reels. They're what my father used, only conventional and so were the first reels I fished with. When I started using spinning reels, I of course bought and fished with Penn spinfishers. Great reels, that I still have and use including spinfisher V's. When Penn introduced the Battle a few years back I decided to get one, a 6000 that my son still uses today. It is a good reel. Now that Penn came out with the Battle 2 I figured I would get one when I needed a new spinning reel. I recently purchased the Battle 2 and it is a very good reel and a definite upgrade over the original Battle. For the price, I don't think you can find a better saltwater spinning reel
ProsPrice and value.
June 26, 2016
Great reel one of the best.
I owned couple Battle 4000 series reels beside this one and that was the reason why i decided to buy this one on sale. i bought them after an off shore fishing trip. the captain of the boat had punch of Penn battles including at least 6 of the 4000 series. we used them to catch some pen fish as a bait for grouper. He had the reels on a matching 6'6" fishing rod with a long sting and 4 to 6 small hooks. We were catching minimum 2 on the string. As ridiculous as it sound and many would say bait laughing but, when you catch 3 or 5 pen fish the size of a big hand or bigger, it's a work and if the reel is not capable, you will wear your self out.
June 8, 2016
Very nice reel smooth drag, Paired it with an 8ft Tica casts great!
Consnone so far
June 4, 2016
very smooth operation, I use it on my second rod for spinning artificial lures, also for flounder and squid
Long Branch NJ
May 26, 2016
A must have
Smooth Drag. Great Deal
May 20, 2016
Good reel excellent drag
Reel is built solid excellent drag. Reel is heavy so if you are planning on using it for the surf it will give you a workout.
Prosbuilt very well made.
ConsVery heavy 2-3 lb real.
May 17, 2016
Penn Battle II 3000
This reel is super smooth and the drag is on point. Been using it for largemouth bass using flukes mostly but will try it out on redfish in Apalachicola this summer! Penn is a hard company to beat and thanks to Tackle Direct for putting these reels on sale!
May 16, 2016
Much better reel now
I checked out the original battles a few years ago and didn't much care for them. Penn did a few tweaks to the reel and now the new battle 2 is a smoother nicer operating reel. A really good value at its price point.
ProsA smoother solid operating reel.
ConsHaven't found one yet.
By Buck "N" Rut
May 11, 2016
I own 4 penn battle II reels. 4000 and 2500 series. Love them, enough said.
ConsPlastic back reel switch
May 9, 2016
Penn BTLII6000 Battle II Spinning Reel
Great reel it is an excellent value for the money. Very smooth and a powerful drag.
By Jerreth Thomas
May 4, 2016
Awesome reel super smooth nice drag lots of power. Got it setup with a 11ft surf rod and it takes a beating and holds up in all the weather
May 1, 2016
I really like this reel. Its durability is awesome and i like how it casts.. Recommend this product to all fishermen out there
By Sherief Emad
May 1, 2016
This is such a great reel. i didn't use it yet but from the structure and feel i can judge it. it's a high class reel that durable and built to last.
April 26, 2016
Battle II Review
I use this reel for bait and I am very pleased. It's much nicer than my original Battle and the drag is awesome. I have caught fish up to 20 pounds so far and not a single issue with the reel.
April 26, 2016
Strong and Smooth
Awesome reel, really smooth drag with a good bit of power. Also have a 6000 for surf fishing and it has handled all the elements of surf fishing just fine.
April 25, 2016
Great reel and great for the money. Very smooth when casting. smooth retrieve. Lightweight. Comfortable
Proslight. comfortable. smooth
April 24, 2016
Very light looks awesome one my sons rod ! Great price for the reel
April 22, 2016
Great reel at an awesome price!
Ordered two Penn Battle II 3000 to add to my boat fishing collection. Perfect size and weight for bay fishing. Delivery was very prompt with boxes all with factory seals.
ProsLight weight, low maintenance, all around salt water reel for 6-7 foot poles
April 21, 2016
Great Price, Solid Reel
Initial impression of this reel is great. Solid feel, smooth action. Allot of reel for the price.
April 15, 2016
04/15/16. First impressions on this reel (model BTLII8000) is that this is a well-built piece of equipment at a very competitive price. It's substantially-sized and heavy thanks to the metal body, but not overly so for a reel in this class. The action is smooth with just a hint of friction and the bail trip is appropriately stiff. I don't consider the bail trip to be a detractor at this point. I assume this will wear-in over time and I typically remove the auto-trip mechanism from my reels anyway to prevent accidental closure during casting. Based on first observations I am pleased with this purchase and am looking forward to using it. I haven't had a chance to log any hours on this reel yet, but it will be paired with a 10' St. Croix Mojo rod for surf casting. I'll follow up with further updates after more time on the water so for now I'll give it 4 stars.
ProsRetreival rate of 44" per turn Metal body construction Large line capacity
ConsNone so far
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Muara
April 14, 2016
Strong and tough reel!
By Johnny D
April 6, 2016
Not worth the money
Being a hardcore surf rat. The 2 I owned a 6000 3yrs old and a 5000 2 yes old. Both no good. Gears are stripped. Bearings are siezed. Penn's are NOT what they use to be. Spent $90 for all parts to rebuild and still no good. Nothing but paper weights. The new SS series don't hold well either. I've fixed ALOT of those within 4months of purchase.
ProsAwesome drag system smoothest of them all.
ConsNOT A HARD CORE PLUGGING REEL. For the bait boobd sure. Cast set in spike. Working tops. Plugs. Bucktails..... You will burn out these pieces of crap. Lost a lot of faith in Penn the last few years.
January 30, 2016
Ive owned a few of these and they are great reels for freash or salt water, this one is great for a lightweight flounder rig but also doubles as my heavier freshwater stick. Works well with my gloms g2 6'6.
Conssometimes finish wears off when in heavy salt use but its expected
January 25, 2016
Very good reel. Have an 8000 that is very easy to control bought this for a jigging pole.
ProsPrice for the value. Good brand name
los angeles ca.
December 22, 2015
GREAT PRICE .. GREAT DELIVERY SERVICE
I shopped around for this Reel and found the best price including delivery on Tackle Direct. I have purchased from them before and an always pleased with their service. It was at my doorstep exactly on the date they said it would be. I totally recommend them for your next fishing purchase. I know I will be buying from them again.
Prosgreat price .. xlnt delivery service.
, sarsasota florida
December 17, 2015
love my penn battle
I have had my Penn battle for almost a year now and it has yet to disappointed. great product!
December 8, 2015
This reel holds up under any situation. you can count on it where others fail. Use this reel for everything and never leave home without it.
December 2, 2015
I have used the reel on my pier fishing rod as well as my surf rod. Very smooth action, excellent casting capability.... amazing value. Great job Penn.
Boynton Beach, Florida
November 19, 2015
This reel is super smooth with great drag. Best saltwater spinning reel for the money
August 26, 2015
It's a good reel
It's a good reel not great but good. I use these to chase after bonita And small bass and blues makes for a fun fight but still beefy enough to turn a running fish
ProsSmooth cheap and sturdy
ConsI still feel like it could be better but I'm never completely satisfied any how.
August 19, 2015
Great Surf Reel
I have been using this reel for about two years now mainly for surf fishing for fluke and stripers. Have not had any issues and find it very smooth to use.
August 12, 2015
This reel is great for the price, and a better version than the old battle. Great saltwater resistance and well worth the money.
By b pop
July 8, 2015
well made and performed up to expectations
seems well made and smooth for the money as it works
Prossturdy well built reel was happy with my initial usage I am a newbie at this so no expert but was happy with my initial use had the opportunity to use it on two outings
By Andrew M. Parshall
Pine Beach, NJ
June 26, 2015
Penn battle 2 5000
This item was a early father's day gift to me from my wife and kids. The reel is very smooth in both operation and drag. The reel is very well built. Perfect size to go a long with the 9 foot star Ariel rod that I got with it. Reason for the 4 star rating is I haven't been able to truly test it out on any fish bigger than the single 20 inch striped Bass I caught with it.
ProsThe line rated capacity of 30 pound braid is right on at 300 yards. It leaves the ideal amount of spool left to help prevent wind knots from over filling the spool.
ConsNone so far.
June 5, 2015
Great price. Light and smooth reel. Will be buying more for other rods.
By Fly Navy Air
May 18, 2015
Fragile and Poor Parts Support from Penn
I dropped the reel new out of the box when trying to secure it on a rod (completely my fault). It fell about 2-3 feet on to a wood floor and the bail attachment fitting shattered. I have never experienced such a fragile reel as this. Additionally, in trying to get the reel examined for any hidden damage and get repaired, the technician has been unable to get the replacement part(s) from Penn. The parts order has continuously had a status of "unavailable, on back order." So if the parts ever become available I may be able to see how well the reel actually works fishing, but for now I'm not holding my breath waiting for Penn to support its product.
May 5, 2015
this reel is great for all types of fishing from peacocks to snook and to tarpon very strong just make sure you rinse
By Steve Fitzpatrick
Boynton Beach, "Flowda"
April 24, 2015
I have several Penn reels; a Fierce 4000, a Conflict 2500, a Sargus 1000, and this latest edition of the Battle II 1000. I like them all, although I have not used the Fierce 4000 that much and the Sargus 1000 is a little low end on the quality meter. I have been fishing this Battle II 1000 reel the most lately and it is currently spooled with Seaguar Kanzen 8 lb. braid and mounted on a 6' Fenwick Eagle EA60ML-MFS . Three days ago I landed a 24" Largemouth Bass in my neighborhood lake using a 1/2 oz. Megabass top water popper. See photo attached. The fish swallowed the lure so deeply I struggled to remove it and didn't have time to weigh the fish before releasing it, but it was all of 6 lbs., perhaps closer to 7.
ProsThis reel is very smooth, and when fully loaded casts quite far. The drag is consistent and reliable.
ConsHaven't experienced any cons yet.
April 21, 2015
Very smooth action. Excellent control. I was able to cast exactly where I wanted time and time again. Everything I need in a saltwater reel. Thanks Penn and Tackle Direct.
April 18, 2015
Great upgrade from the old Battle
I owned several of the first generation Battle, this reel is upgraded significantly, it's smoother and the drag is like silk.
April 6, 2015
Pretty good reel. The 3000 series is perfect for inshore fishing in CT
April 2, 2015
It's a great reel for the money
This is a nice upgrade from the old Battle. it's smoother and has a much better drag. I paired it with a 10' St Croix Rod and it works great!
March 29, 2015
Good for bait fishing or plugging. Casts extremely well.
March 19, 2015
Great lightweight saltwater reel
Very nice reel for lightweight tackle. I use it for Spanish Mackeral fishing. I am very pleased with the quality and performance of this reel.
ProsNice drag system
February 11, 2015
Battle II is a great option
The reel looks very nice, rigid and very light... The reeling and the drag experience is very smooth.
Pros- Very light - Robust - Fantastic design - Smooth reel and drag
ConsNothing so far
lake worth , florida
January 26, 2015
way better than the old battle
this reel is so much better than the old version due to the drag systems and corrosion resistance.
Prosdrag, corrosion resistant
January 25, 2015
Penn spinning reel
Have had a chance to hook a fish with it but looks like it will last
Consheavier than expected
January 23, 2015
nice inshore reel
just got the reel, haven't used it out on the water yet, so can't comment on performance. But at first glance, I'm fairly happy with it. It's a bit heavy, but that's what you get with a full metal body. So, I'm expecting it to be somewhat durable. Looking forward to using it, I think it will be nice little reel to use inshore or for smaller/medium size offshore fish.
Prossolid water tight
Boynton beach, FL
January 22, 2015
Great improvement of the old battle
the old battle was a great reel until it comes in contact with saltwater. I have used this reel in saltwater and it is definitely better than the old batle
Lake Worth, Florida
January 21, 2015
Not the best choice
I have a 4500 and it hasn't done me the best. I would recommend going out and getting a different reel.
Big Pine Key, Florida
January 3, 2015
My old 650 ssm finally quit on me so I decided to go with what many Fl Keys charter captains use, the Penn Battle. I like the reel. It is light enough to yellowtail with but can also be used to troll for dolphin.
ProsWork-horse of a reel
ConsDoesn't seem as smooth as my 650 was.
By Jonny Fine
December 27, 2014
Penn Battle II 4000
Super smooth drag, light weight and hold a ton of 20 LB braid! I can't wait to test this machine out on some big reds and trout this spring!
, Virginia Beach
December 18, 2014
Good Value Reel
I have an 8000 series. It is good for me for Cobia and striper season in the Chesapeake bay. It is big and can handle the load. Nice an smooth. Great deal for the money. The 8000 isn't light tackle but better suited for bigger fish.
ProsPrice Smooth retrieve
ConsNot for everyday use, better suited for bigger fish
By Hong Guang
New Market, Alabama
November 7, 2014
excellent for inshore applications
performs flawlessly, price tag is the major highlight of this workhorse, a keeper!
October 12, 2014
Great Reel for the Money
Great for Kayak fishing. As smooth as more expensive reels but not as painful to the wallet in cast it goes overboard.
October 2, 2014
New Redfish Standard
This 2500 Battle II has been perfect for Space Coast Redfish action. Big bulls ripping 100 yards at a run, were handled with smooth predictability. Loaded with 15 pound test braid, and mated to a 7' Duckett Ghost rod, this lightweight combo is easy to handle all day long, and a thrill to manage big fish with.
ProsLine capacity (220 yards of 15 pound braid on a compact package), smooth drag, light weight, Penn durability, outstanding value.
ConsHaven't used it long enough to uncover any weakness.
Rishon Le Zion, Israel
September 28, 2014
Best saltwater reel for thos price
Best saltwater reel for thos price
Prossmooth,strong and built like a tank
August 3, 2014
Unbelievable reel! Penn has done it again with a great feeling and awesome performing product. By far the best reel I have ever owned. I will be buying the smaller models for freshwater next season. I paired this real with a ugly stik BWSG 1102 7' rod.
, king george, VA
July 18, 2014
Excellent reel for the money. Don't even consider any other reels. This reel will not let you down. It's a winch
Proscheap durable lots of drag
4 Questions & 4 Answers
from East Coast asked:
January 16, 2016
what size penn battle would be best for inshore fluke/flounder fishing?
I would do the 2500 or 3000 with 15lb braid.
on January 18, 2016
from Philippines asked:
June 16, 2015
What size is the spool?
Hello Gene. This is a 2500 spool and the monofillament capacities are as follows: 255 Yards/6l b. 175 Yards/8 lb. 140 Yards/10 lb. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions.
on June 16, 2015
from Pass Christian, Mississippi asked:
May 6, 2015
What is the line capacity using 30 lb braid for the BTLII2500 reel? Looking for a great saltwater speck and red reel.
Jim, the capacity wall be in the 140-150 yard range.
on May 6, 2015
from bradenton asked:
July 30, 2014
What rod would you reccomend for this that is under 110$.
Check out the Penn Legion spinning rods. They are under $100 and have great action.
on July 31, 2014