Penn Battle III Review: Updates, Specs, Pros, & Cons

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It’s reel review time!

One of the most popular reels in the country is the Penn Battle, and they recently came out with their third iteration, the Penn Battle III.

They’ve made some big upgrades to this new reel and we’ve got Salt Strong COO, Mark, breaking them down for you in this video.

You’ll also learn:

  • What Penn’s strongest feature is (and how they made it even better this year)
  • Why this reel is smoother and more durable than some of Penn’s past reels
  • The specs of this reel
  • And more

Check it out below!

Penn Battle III Review [VIDEO]

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Penn has really stepped their game up by switching from a cast gearing system to CNC-cut gears, which makes for a smoother, more durable reel.

The HT-100 carbon fiber drag system is well-sealed to prevent saltwater from getting in it, and it’s still got that great drag-screaming sound when you have a big fish on.

The spool has markers underneath it to help you know how much line you have left (in case you’re in danger of getting spooled) and the rubber bands around the arbor make it braid-ready (although we still recommend backing your reels with mono).

Penn Battle III 2500 Specs:

  • Drag: 12 lbs
  • Gear ratio: 6.2:1
  • Line capacity (braid – yds/lb): 240/10
  • 5+1 sealed stainless steel ball bearing system
  • Weight: 9.7 oz.

Penn Battle III 6000 Specs:

  • Drag: 25 lbs
  • Gear ratio: 5.6:1
  • Line capacity (braid – yds/lb): 490/30
  • 5+1 sealed stainless steel ball bearing system
  • Weight: 20.8 oz.

Conclusion

penn battle 3 review

This newest version of the Penn Battle is a great option for inshore anglers who want a proven, everyday reel.

You can get the Penn Battle III from our shop here.

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Have you owned a Penn Battle before?

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Pat Ogletree
3 days ago

I really like these videos on the new tackle that is coming in. Keep them coming!

Rob LaHart
4 days ago

We caught a 30lb Kingfish during the fall King of the Beach 2020 tourney earlier this month on a battle 3 5000 combo. Handled it like a champ. Drag was screaming loud on the first run. I’m a believer.

Chris
4 days ago

They have this battle 3 6000 combo at the local shop for $159 .. is that a good deal?

4 days ago
Reply to  Chris

We have it for just $107 in the our online store for members (or $135 for the public). Here’s a link: https://fishstrong.com/collections/saltwater-spinning-reels/products/penn-battle-iii-series-spinning-reel?variant=32664235180117

Yamin Yusoff
4 days ago

I’d say this is the most durable reel I have so far. I got the 5000. Accidently dropped and the reel stayed in the saltwater for about 20 mins (Rookie mistake) 🙂 .. managed to bring it in and that seal works like a bank vault.. no salt penetrates into the body..

Mel Crissey
5 days ago

Great detailed review of the Penn Battle III reels. I have a few Battle II’s and recently bought my first Battle III (5000) from Saltstrong. I really like it a lot as I do regarding all of my Penn reels from the 114, two 113’s, two 112’s and many other Penn trolling/baitcasting reels and my spinning reels.
Good job in letting us know the special things about the upgrades. At ICAST this year, the Battle III was voted the best among it’s class.

thomas Tyrkala
5 days ago

Thank you for the video on the Penn Reels. Great jog

José Chacon
5 days ago

How does the Penn 2500 compare to the fuego 2500

Mike Hoff
5 days ago

Made in the USA…still matters.

José Chacon
4 days ago
Reply to  Mike Hoff

unfortunately not, it is made in china

Mike Castrova
5 days ago

I’ve looked at the Battles and the Clash model, the Clash has a really good feel. Does anyone have experience on Clash 3000. It is also CNC with HT 100 drag, with 6.2.1.

Mel Crissey
5 days ago
Reply to  Mike Castrova

Mike, although I have a treasure trove of Penn’s, I don’t have the Clash. Just no need to pay that much more when the Battles fill the bill. However, there is a family Penn spinners between the Battle and the Clash that is a great “meeting in the middle” between the two, and that is the Conflict. It is priced between the Battle series and the Clash series. It is a super reel.

FRANK KNEZEK
5 days ago

I bought a Penn Battle spinning reel and it does not have an anti reverse switch. I like this feature on a reel and am surprised it doesnt have it.

Jonathan Getz
5 days ago
Reply to  FRANK KNEZEK

It seems Penn reels do not have reverse switches, at least on the lower tier models. I have a Pursuit, Fierce, and Battle and none of them have the switch.

Stephen Allen
5 days ago

I am considering a penn battle 3 in the 6000 size or a diawa BG in the 5000 size, price point and features are very similar, if I can only get one, which should it be and why?
I would be using this as a surf real and possibly on occasion a reef/wreck real, thanks.

Everett Eugenio
5 days ago
Reply to  Stephen Allen

Wish I could give you feedback on the 6000…. I use it as my “big bait” reel but haven’t hooked up to a monster on it yet (they always seems to hit my light tackle haha) but I can tell you that the 3000s have been workhorses, no complains about them

Stephen Allen
4 days ago

I have a couple of the 3000 battle 2 and love them, I use them as my primary inshore reels, and also for whiting and pompano in surf, but I want something a bit more beefy to try for big black drum, bull red, big snook, small sharks etc… in the surf as well as for using on reefs/wrecks for snapper, grouper, AJs, blackfin, and so on.

Justin
5 days ago
Reply to  Stephen Allen

I’ve been using a battle 2 6000 for the past few years and so far its been great. I had to replace the pinion gear after 2 years when a combination of wear from salt intrusion and user error while fighting a big fish caused it to break a few teeth but that was an easy $10 fix. The new cnc gears should solve that weak point in the battle 3. Its held up well considering its been abused in the kayak and surf and has been dunked more times than I will admit. Just a fresh water rinse after uses and a full breakdown cleaning and lube 1-2 times a year. Ive caught kingfish, large bull reds and 6ft + bull and spinner sharks on it and it always held its own. I now also have a couple battle 2 8000s and they are also great besides being a bit heavy

Mel Crissey
5 days ago
Reply to  Stephen Allen

Stephen, Made in the USA is one good reason and product support. But why a 6000 in one and a 5000 in the other? Also take a look at the Penn Conflict series priced between the Battle III’s and the Clash.

Stephen Allen
4 days ago
Reply to  Mel Crissey

I love PENN and have several of their reels, Pursuit II, Fierce II and III, and Battle II, but I like variety, I have looked into the Conflict series and after much consideration, I chose to go with a Quantum Smoke 3 instead, just to try something different (wanted a lighter weight reel for throwing plastics, was going to get the Daiwa Fuego 2500, but nobody had it in stock). The reason for Battle III in 6000 or the BG in 5000 is that they have extremely similar specs and price points, where as the BG 6500 (they go from 5000 to 6500, dunno why) is considerably heavier/larger and the price jumps another $10 bucks or so

Carl
5 days ago

Is the Battle III IPX5 like the SpinfisherVI?

Jonathan Getz
5 days ago
Reply to  Carl

No sir

Tavis Powell
5 days ago

Are you guys able to get the Battle III Dx in? The Dx is the “small box” version, has brass gears in all sizes and an extra bearing under the spool.

Felix Ramos
5 days ago

I need 2 2500 Daiwa Fuegos

Jonathan Getz
5 days ago
Reply to  Felix Ramos

Same here. Waiting for the email notification.

John B.
5 days ago

Good review of the Penn Battle III. I have a 7′ St. Croix Triump rod. Looked at previous review of the Daiwa Fuego (mag seal) and was all set to make the purchase. Now after the review of the Penn Battle III not sure what to do. Any thoughts — most inshore fishing on canals when visiting Fla. An occasional morning on the the Gulf surf. Thanks for your feedback. I love Salt Strong and hopefully within next year will be making move to Fla and then become member of the Insiders Club. Currently spend a month along the Gulf in Fla.

Jim Prieto
5 days ago

Thanks for the update, guys.
Have any of you had these out on the water yet, and if so, what do you think? I just got a Battle III 2500 combo as a gift. I am hoping to get a Bull Bay Stealth Sniper soon (once they’re back in stock on fishstrong) and am trying to decide if I should move over the Battle III or order a new reel for the pairing. Any advice?
Thanks again!

Everett Eugenio
5 days ago
Reply to  Jim Prieto

Hey Jim,

I have a Battle III 3000 on a Bull Bay 7’ Medium Heavy Bolt . I love the set up, it’s perfect for me as a hybrid bait/plastics angler and have no real complaints right now. There are definitely some lighter and smoother reels out there if you only use plastics but this to me is the best reel if you switch between live/artificially. I also have a Battle III on a St Croix Tidemaster, 13 Fishing Omen Green, and Falcon Bucoo… I like it best on the Bull Bay!

Hope this helps!

-Everett

Jim Prieto
5 days ago

Thanks for the feedback, Everett!

Rod Burke
5 days ago

Is the Penn Battle lll sealed as well as the Penn Spinfisher Vl ?

Jonathan Getz
5 days ago
Reply to  Rod Burke

No sir.

John sinnott
5 days ago

I have used salt away on my rods and reels since 1995. It gets the salt out of the line so salt crystals don’t weaken it and my antique reels ( Penn 750s) look like new. Of course they are serviced yearly but I always get positive comments. I Gently rinse equipment then mist salt away or equivalent on with a windex bottle and let it dry. Try it.

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