This sharpener was much smaller and lighter than I was expecting. The batteries were not included but easy enough to install. I sharpened a brand new pencil and must have done it too deep or too long. It chomped inches off of it. My husband used another brand new pencil and was able to get it sharp without wasting so much length. While this doesn't feel heavy duty, it is perfect in our homework station for the kids to sharpen their homework pencils. I will attach photo to my twitter review because it is too large to upload here.