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Are Badland Winches Waterproof? Not All of Them

Badland winches are designed to handle tough conditions. They’re a reliable choice even in wet and muddy environments. But are they truly waterproof?

Most Badland winches are only water-resistant, typically certified with IP67. This means they can handle temporary water submersion without significant damage or performance issues.

One example is the Badland ZXR 3500 winch model.

The good news is that Badland also manufactures a few waterproof winch models, such as the Badland APEX 12000.

This winch is indeed waterproof, designed and built to withstand various environmental conditions, including water exposure.

You can use it in wet and muddy situations without worrying about damage or performance issues.

Meet the Badland APEX 12,000 lb. Waterproof Winch

The BADLAND APEX 12,000 lb. winch comes equipped with 80 ft. of 3/8 in. UHMW synthetic rope, a tough forged alloy steel hook, and a handy wireless remote.

With an impressive IP68 and IP69K waterproof rating, this winch is both dustproof and waterproof. It can withstand intense 1450 PSI water streams.

Check out the video below if you want to learn more about this winch.

Water-resistant Winches vs Waterproof Winches 

Water-resistant winches are typically sealed or protected to some extent against moisture. This allows you to operate them in wet or damp conditions without immediate failure.

However, water resistance does not mean the winch is fully waterproof. Extended submersion or heavy exposure to water may still cause damage over time.

If you know you’re going to use the winch in such situations, look for one labeled as waterproof.

What to Look for When Buying a Winch?

When purchasing a winch, consider factors such as load capacity, rope type, line length, motor power, winch control, mounting options, durability, and brand reputation to make an informed decision.

Load Capacity

Determine the weight of the vehicles or objects you plan to recover and choose a winch with a suitable load capacity.

It’s generally recommended to select a winch with a rating of 1.5 times the weight of your vehicle.

Rope or Cable Type

Decide between synthetic rope or steel cable. Synthetic ropes are lightweight, easy to handle, and safer in case of a break.

Steel cables are more durable but can be dangerous if they snap under tension.

Line Length

Consider the length of the winch line you’ll need. Longer lines provide more flexibility in recovery situations, especially when anchor points are scarce.

Motor Power

Look for a winch with a powerful motor to ensure efficient pulling performance.

A higher horsepower rating generally indicates faster and more reliable winching.

Winch Control

Evaluate the control options available, such as wired or wireless remotes.

Wireless remotes provide greater convenience and allow you to operate the winch from a safe distance.

Mounting Options

Check if the winch is compatible with your vehicle’s mounting system or if additional mounting equipment is required.

Some winches may come with a mounting plate or require a specific mounting setup.


Assess the winch’s construction and build quality. Look for features like a corrosion-resistant finish, waterproof sealing, and sturdy components that can withstand rough off-road conditions.

Brand Reputation and Warranty

Research the reputation of the winch manufacturer and consider the warranties offered.

A reputable brand with good customer reviews and a solid warranty can provide peace of mind and reliable support if any issues arise.

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