Works well. Sturdy, the one I bought from a local store broke the first time my kids dropped it. This one is still going strong after some rough treatment by all 4 kids. It's great for emergencies, but I like it because I can let the kids play with it and it doesn't cost me $20 a year in batteries. It's nice and bright. It doesn't take much squeezing to charge. My 3 year old can do it easily.