A Year with a Warn ZEON Winch

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January 2015 we received a Warn ZEON 10S Platinum winch to test, review, and see how it handled the rigors of off road life. Warn’s latest generation winch was updated with more power, less draw, and new features. The perfect upgrade to arguably the most recognized Winch brand. How has the year gone, and did it live up to the Warn name?

We are going to dive right into how it performed, the Tech Specs are at the bottom of the page so you can compare it against other brand winches. Numbers, as always, don’t tell the entire story.

When most people hear the name Warn they think quality, reliability, and price. As in expensive. There are lower priced winches out there that perform very well, we won’t even try to argue with you about them.

Where the Warn excels is warranty, and durability. Our Warn winch has been on the front of our primary Jeep the entire time. There is some fading to the plastic parts but the overall body, accessories, and aesthetics are as good as when we first installed it. That’s with minimal maintenance, no special covers, and plenty of trail mud.

Reliability is another key factor. Many of our wheeling friends run low priced and discount winches. Some are very good others are not. The key really is to get lucky and find a good one in the bunch. With those budget winches you have to get lucky to get a great one, with Warn you have to be unlucky to get a bad one.

Likes:

Fit and finish
Easy controls
Wireless controller makes winching safer
Reliability
Looks

We already discussed how the fit and finish are pretty perfect. The winch also looks good, tucked into the frame rails with a low and wide body it stays out of the way, doesn’t impede engine cooling, and just looks good. The wireless controller means you never have to go back to the winch to make a clutch change. You can stay at a safe distance at all times and control the winch with ease. We have witnessed a few winches fail on the trail when you most need it, the Zeon 10S has never let us down.

Dislikes:


Wireless controller

I know directly above this we said we liked the wireless controller. We don’t truly dislike it, we just want a wired backup option. On the off chance the controller sees a ton of use and the battery goes dead it would be nice to have the ability to direct connect and take control like a traditional winch. It has not happened to us and hopefully it won’t, but it is the one concern we have with this setup.

Final Verdict:

At $1749 the ZEON 10S Platinum is not for everyone. The argument we hear most often is that you can buy three of”budget brand” for that price. Again we won’t disagree, what we will say is that piece of mind, trust, and knowing the winch will perform when you need it the most are worth more than saving a few dollars in our book.

If you agree you can buy this exact winch here GoWarn.com.

Tech Specs:

ZEON 10-S Platinum SPECS/PART NUMBER
Part number: 92815
Rated line pull: 10,000 lbs. (4536 kg) single-line
Motor:12V DC  series wound
Electrical controls: Contactor
Remote Control: Advanced Wireless
Geartrain: 3-stage planetary
Gear ratio: 162:1
Clutch (freespooling): Rotating ring gear
Brake: Automatic mechanical cone
Drum Diameter/Length: 3.15″/9.0″ (80mm/229mm)
Rope: 3/8″ x 100′ (9.52mm x 30m) Spydura synthetic
Fairlead: Hawse
Recommended Battery: 650 CCA minimum for winching
Battery leads: 2 gauge, 72″ (1.83m)
Finish: Satin-black powder coat
Warranty: Limited lifetime
12V DC PERFORMANCE SPECS (first layer of drum)
Line Pull
Lbs.(Kgs.)
Line Speed
FT./min(M/min.)
Motor
Current
0 44 (13.41) 55 amps
2000 (910) 17.8 (5.42) 149 amps
4000 (1810) 12 (3.65) 233 amps
6000 (2720) 10.7 (3.26) 311 amps
8000 (3630) 7.5 (2.28) 387 amps
10000 (4536) 5.6 (1.7) 465 amps

William Connor

As the Editor, William is responsible for all the good, the bad, the ugly and the indifferent that happens at 4WAAM. William brings a wide range of experience to this role having been a cook, a painter, a machinist, part time mechanic, computer programmer, and writer. He also wields a freely shared opinion on just about everything., just ask him.

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Louis Puglisi

I’ll give you my thoughts. Have been a Warn man for over two decades. That name was always synonymous with excellence, with the best, and anything else was “just a winch”. There’s nothing like driving down the highway with a winch sticking out the front of your truck, with the name WARN all over it. My original M12000 lasted over 10 years. Was a beast! My next one lasted about five or so.. and my third one? A couple years and a 1/2 dozen uses before it started acting up, but I still have it and its still on the… Read more »

Louis Puglisi

I was absolutely unaware that the ownership changed hands and if you say several years ago, that was about the same time I noticed a decrease in quality as I stated. Keep in mind I am not a casual buyer, saving up my money to buy one every decade. I own a service company and all of my trucks have Warn products. This equates on average to several winch purchases a year and have over 20 in use daily. Even though the majority are the M-series, I have smaller applications as well and use many of their other winches as… Read more »

Louis Puglisi

I honestly would not even want to speculate, nor am I qualified to as well, as I have absolutely no “hands on” experience with any other brand except Warn. What I can say is that after my experience with the Zeon 10, I did for the first time start to open up doors for other brands and researched them all in depth. And if I had chosen to go a different route, I personally would have went with Mile Marker, as they seemed to be about the closest to Warn. But Ramsey was right up there too! But during my… Read more »

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