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I have three penn battle combos and i love them all 3000. I've caught plenty of reds and trout on them plus a bunch of sharks up in the 50+" range. I just ensure i rinse them good after every use and haven't had a problem. Owned them for a year now.
 

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This is what I am finding about them...

Battle II vs. Conflict...

Same body, rotor, side plate between the reels.....possibly the same tooling.
Handle assemblies will interchange....so if you prefer EVA knob or rubber knob...you can make it work on either reel.
Conflict is lighter....8-10% lighter on the inshore (1000-4000) models....bigger reels are not much lighter.
Conflict inshore models have a reinforced graphite rotor, Battle reels have an aluminum rotor...here's the weight difference.
Bigger Conflicts (5000-8000) have a rotor break, Battle series does not.
Both reels use the same sealed ball bearings and clutch.
Conflict has two extra bearings in the handle knob.
Both reels use the same gearing system and main shaft.
(based on this info to choose from the two, I would say Conflict if price is within 10-15%.)


** I'd by a Shimano, but that's me... I feel like people are still under them impression PENN is a "pro american" company and they are not ALL USA made.. But I like some Okumas too. I will say made in China doesnt always mean made from junk. Some companies actually use China for the lax labor laws, low fees and taxes and cheap workforce, not for cheap materials..
 
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I recently got a conflict 2500 and also own a couple battles(the original). Compared to the first battles i like the conflict better. Its slick as heck, imo its smoother, its lightweight, i like the eva grip better than the big bulky rubber one on the battles. I dont think the conflict has a roller bearing on the bail like a battle though. Thats the only thing i can think of. Have yet to put my conflict to the test yet but i think itll do just fine.
 

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Do you have to wash down all reels after a day in the surf? What does that do to the lubricant on the bearings. How deep do I have to clean my reels?
ABSOLUTELY. Fail to rinse em and the salt and sand will eat them alive. Rinse them down after every use whenever they hit any kind of saltwater. You should be greasing and lubricating your reels at least once a year if you expect it to last. The rinsing process doesn't do much of anything to the grease and oil in the bearings on an individual level. Over time it will wear away at the amount but thats a whole lot less damage than not cleaning the reels will be.

Battle Vs. Conflict:

Conflict is about 5-10% lighter and 10% stronger drag, if this is worth the price difference to you, go conflict. If you're gonna be soaking bait more than artificials, save the money and go battle
 

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Do you have to wash down all reels after a day in the surf? What does that do to the lubricant on the bearings. How deep do I have to clean my reels?
Use a light mist when rinsing, don't give them a high pressure rinse. Light mist washes away the salt and sand, high pressure forces it into places you don't want it.
 
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