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Low Speed Cranking Reel Shootout Part 4: Energy for Power Cranking Courtesy of Quantum (continued)

Ergonomics: During field tests we observed two small yet conspicuous issues with the reel when it came to ergonomics. While I absolutely love the way the aggressive drag star looks I found the edges a bit sharp when making quick adjustments in the field. When I had a fish on the line and quickly used the tip of my thumb to dial back the drag I found the edges were a bit sharp. While they are not sharp enough to scratch the skin they can be uncomfortable enough to make you think about dialing your drag in properly in advance.

While the drag star looks very cool it is just a tad bit sharp

The second thing I noticed was the non-handle side sideplateís ACS knob extends just a little too far and that hump can be felt in the palm of your hand when palming. This makes the reel a little uncomfortable to palm when deep cranking all day long. As long as you donít grip the reel too tightly this is a non-issue. Other than these two elements the Quantum Energy PT is light enough to cast all day long and the large barrel grips feel comfortable to the touch when winding down on the reel.

A very cool feature, the maintenance port on the underside of the reel makes lubrication easy

Price and Applications: The Quantum Energy PTís 5.1:1 gear retrieve is powerful enough to handle the biggest crankbaits with ease. While too slow for working ripbaits for stripers the reel can be used pre-spawn for popping and pausing jerkbaits when a more subtle jerk can be deadly. Quantum has been making strides when it comes to building reels that anglers not only have confidence in, but actually are excited about fishing. With an aggressive look and feel the Energy PT looks as modern as the features it houses.

The Energy PT is manufactured in China

Retailing for $189.95 the Energy PT is more affordable than both the Abu Garcia Winch and the Daiwa Crazy Cranker and is ten dollars more than the Curado E5. The Energy PT is reasonably priced and certainly priced aggressively alongside the competition. The Quantum actually manages to squeeze more features into the Energy than some of the other reels including the maintenance port, use of metal in the sideplates which the Shimano Curado does not have, and a Titanium coated line guide which is absent on the Abu Garcia Winch.

This low speed reel is a powerful cranker and proved excellent for fishing lipless crankbaits for Stripers


Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Quantum Energy PT "Power" Reel Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Great build quality with more use of metal alloys versus the competition. We were surprised how far Quantum went with the metals when it came to the sideplates and aggressively styled handle and drag star....very well done 9
Performance The Energy PT does everything reasonably well but exhibits some minor kinks when it comes to refinement including noticeable back play in the handle shaft. Overall a strong "good" rating in this category 7.5
Price A great price overall that puts it right next to the Shimano Curado E5 8.5
Features The Quantum Energy PT has a wide assortment of features including special coatings and use of ceramics in the drag. We also welcome the addition of the easy access maintenance port 8.5
Design (Ergonomics) The Energy PT gains points for being light and yet solid feeling but loses points for a drag star that while very cool looking is a bit too sharp on the ends and for the ACS switch implementation which bulges a little too far out 7.5
Application The Energy PT is a good cranking reel that handles deep divers well. The drag also makes it possible to use this reel for hard fighting species including some inshore ones 8.5

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Excellent materials used in construction L Backplay in the handle shaft
J Powerful gearing and connected feeling retrieve L Some ergonomic issues with the drag star and ACS bulge
J Looks great, aggressively styled and low profile  
J Maintenance port makes lubrication easy, add hot sauce anytime in the field  
J Reasonable price  

Conclusion: Quantum should be commended for their choices in materials used in the Energy PTís construction. The reel uses more metal and less composites and graphite than competing low speed cranking reels and continues to make use of ceramics to fight the heat and deliver reliable drag performance. The Energy PT feels solid but is not without some refinement issues. While the reel delivers quality casting during retrieves the reel exhibits noticeable back play on stop and go cranking and some possible improvements in ergonomics will make this reel a more dominant contender. I love the way the reel looks and the handle and drag star look downright menacing, the multi-colored titanium deposition highlights are tasteful, and the inclusion of the maintenance port show that Quantum is adding features that add real value to anglers. If Quantum can work out the minor kinks the Energy PT would really shine through, but even in the current state this reel is certainly one that should be considered by anglers looking for a powerful cranking reel. With the Energy PT review done it is time to finally wind up our low speed cranking reel shootout and declare a winner, stay tuned as we weigh the results. Four reels enter and only one reel will leave with the ultimate win....


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