We tried batteries but this item did not light up or work. PLEASE SEE PHOTOS AS THEY ARE PART OF THE DESCRIPTION. I do my very best to represent the condition, type, etc of the materials I sell, however there is a possibility that I may overlook something, so it is your responsibility to read the description and accept the condition of the item being offered. Lack of mentioning a flaw or problem is not our responsibility; if we do not know what to look for we may not realize the importance of drawing attention to it. Please feel free to contact me and I'll be happy to help.