TurboPan 10” and 16” Combo Gold Pans

Product Code: TP-10-BLACK_TP-16-BLACK

Availability:In stock

$48.99 $38.95

Punch through tonnes with this production oriented performer. Maximum recovery. 8-10kg per pan per minute

Turbopan™ gold pan is a prospecting tool and mining tool for the prospector and artisan miner involved in small scale mining. Whether you're a hobbyist out looking for a run or a crevice filled with gold – or gold panning for a living in a developing country – Turbopan is the right piece of prospecting equipment that gets all the gold easily and quickly.

Turbopan eliminates the problem of compaction that happens in the traditional "Klondike" pan because it is basically a circular sluice. Turbopan doesn't require running water like a sluice, it simply maximizes the effects of gravity. Its shallow depth means it can be used in puddles and troughs.

Do yourself a favor. Upgrade to a Turbopan, and make your gold panning as successful as it can be. It may be the best investment in your panning you will ever make! Do it now!

How it works

The Turbopan gold pan gets the gold and heavy minerals to the bottom of the pan and into a central trap quickly because the pan is shallow.

How 5 How 6 The Turbopan is only around 5cm deep on the edges.It acts just like a "sluice in a pan" – trapping all the gold in its extensive riffle system.You'll improve your panning prospects with Turbopan. It's a better way to pan for gold!

Quick instructions:

  1. Make sure the clean up riffles are on the side away from you, then put the pan underwater and spin it anti-clockwise and clockwise through 180 degrees to get the load saturated.
  2. Check the central trap for compaction and water saturation with your finger.
  3. Use an anti-clockwise circular motion to get the dirt-load into motion over the circular riffle bed. This breaks up the dirt and prevents compaction.
  4. The gold and heavy minerals quickly get into the riffle grooves, which gravity then feeds into the central trap. The light sands and clays fly outwards due to centrifugal force. Alternate between a centering swirl to get the "heavies" into the middle and the "lights" to the surface and outside, then an ejection swirl.
  5. The shallowness of the pan allows the large pebbles to be easily scrapped off and discarded.
  6. Once the amount of material left just covers the central trap, do a couple of clockwise swirls, then 5 seconds of vigorous backwards/forwards and sideways shakes.
  7. Then tilt the pan away from you gently, and shake the pan side to side while tilting up to about 30 degrees.
  8. Pan off the waste until the concentrate in the central trap covers about a 50 cent piece.
  9. Tilt the pan back towards you and the gold will be there.
  10. Don't worry if you still see some gold on the clean up rffles. With practice you will work out your own technique.

Detailed instructions:

  1. Place dirt into pan. It is best to only ¾ fill it, which is about 6kg. Ensure the concentric riffles are on the side away from you. These are the clean up riffles.
  2. Submerge pan underwater completely, holding the pan on each side. Rotate pan clockwise and anti-clockwise very quickly for about 5 seconds. This is to get the water to go right through the dirt and start the saturation process.How 1
  3. Hold the pan with one hand. With your other hand, stir the dirt in the central collection trap, checking for compaction and clay where the water has not fully penetrated. Stir the dirt by hand until you're satisfied complete saturation has occurred.How 2
  4. Move the pan in an anti-clockwise motion so that the load moves inside the pan anti-clockwise. The purpose of this is to get the dirt moving over the spiral riffles so that the gold will work its way into the grooves.It is important to go anti-clockwise so that the clays in suspension will not compact against the steep sides of the spiral riffles. An initial sharp movement helps to get the dirt moving. Swirl in an anti-clockwise direction for 25-30 seconds.How 3
  5. Alternate between a centring swirl to get the "heavies" into the middle and the "lights" to the surface and outside, then an ejection swirl. It is normal for a little dirt to fl y out of the pan at the edge. If a lot is going out, slow down your swirling rhythm so that only a small amount fl ies out with each swirl.Keep swirling until the amount of material left just covers the central trap. There are several techniques for using this pan – and scraping out the waste by hand is one of them – but this is not recommended for beginners.
  6. Shake the pan vigorously forwards and backwards and from side to side for 10 seconds, to get the gold down off the clean-up riffles, so all the gold is in the central trap.
  7. While shaking the pan from side to side, tilt the pan forward and allow dirt to run out of the front of the pan. Ensure clean-up riffles are at the front of the pan – away from you.How 4
  8. After half the dirt has been ejected, centre the pan again, do a few more clockwise swirls and repeat steps 6 & 7.
  9. Work out your own careful clean up technique for reducing concentrate to gold only or mostly gold only.
  10. Pick out nuggets. Pick up large flecks of gold by firstly drying your hand, wetting the end of your finger with saliva, and picking them up with the end of your finger. Place them into a jar, vial, etc.
  11. It's best to suck up gold fines and dust with a plastic squirter bottle that has a tube from the mouth of the bottle to the bottom of the bottle.

Turbopan Videos

Kim Hillier, the inventor/designer of Turbopan, shows you exactly how the pan works, and the most effective technique for speedy, efficient gold recovery.

The Gold Rush Guys demonstrate the correct method for using the Australian Turbopan. Click the YouTube logo on the video to visit the Gold Rush Guy's YouTube Channel.

Kim Hillier shows you exactly how gold moves around in the Turbopan.

Kim Hillier explains how the Turbopan is ideal for prospecting & panned concentrate sampling.

Kim Hillier offers some tips on using the Turbopan for gold prospecting.

Short on water? Try this Dry Land Turbopanning technique!

Testimonials from Turbopan users

"Went to Briceburg in Mariposa County, California, the very most south end of the Melones Fault (motherlode). Took my Turbopan and tested the beaches for gold. The very first pan got me 5 small flakes, and a lot more fines."

"Just to let you know I love this Turbopan! It's a great pan for beginners and pros alike. It's a fast pan that gets all the gold ... and its fun to use."

Fred Miroslav Radonic


"There is a little creek flowing down the hill and I've seen a guy who was panning for gold there. I used my gold sucker to remove enough sand from beneath a boulder and got the Turbopan filled up."

"Applying the method seen on YouTube and this website for using the pan for maximum of 1.5 minutes I got nice bunch of small garnets on the bottom of the pan! What an amazing tool! The speed of recovery is unbeatable even for a non-professional gold prospector like myself! Thank you very much!"

M. Aurelius


"G'day Turbopan users. Here is a nice bit of colour I found on the weekend using the marvelous Turbopan." Mitch Wolak


"Hi Kim. I have not used the pan much but it has performed as stated and seemed good to use. The instructions were very good and there are no problems with it. It is better than any pan I have used before." Phil & Leonie


"Turbopan is an amazing tool! It performed even better than expected! Thank you so much! It was as easy as it looked on your movies in YouTube and also showed in your instructions supplied with the pan." "It is time-saver and easy to use for beginners and professionals. I attach a picture of a friend of mine happily using my Turbopan during our last trip to the Cascade Mountains nearby." Tsvetan


Kim Hillier talks to Matt about his Turbopan

Has it performed as stated and expected? "Most Definitely." Was it difficult to learn how to use? Were the instructions clear enough? "Not Difficult at all. Detailed instructions and pamphlet were very helpful." How does it compare with the pan you used before? "I like the fact that you can swirl it and break up clay etc, it suits the motion that I prefer and I also like the fact I know the heavier stuff is sinking to the bottom." Did you find any gold with it or other precious minerals or stones? <p "Yes, once I found the right sort of dirt I always found a few specks. Please find attached two photos I found of some of my first finds – taken on a phone, so not ideal, however will endeavour to get some better ones."

"The photos include – my first bit of gold I found that was a reasonable size – and also there is a photo of when I had a particularly good spot and knew I was doing the panning right." Matt


"Kim... I just have to tell you again... I love the Turbopan !!! Its the easiest I have ever used to move the gold where I want to see it. The gentleman that won the pan didn't know what to make of it at first until I talked with him about it. Hopefully he shares his first use with me via email. I will forward it on to you. Happy Hunting! Joyce Hammond Smith