I truly loved the ease of operation. I read the instructions and they were very good. What I loved most about it is that I do not need to turn the alarm (either CD, Radio etc) every night because it is in memory. The radio audio quality is excellent. In the past I purchased other clock/radios and there were stations you couldn't get. I highly recommend the Philip Compact CD Player Alarm Clock.
Thank you for your question mitchell092779 . Yes, the Philip Compact CD Player Alarm Clock will run on batteries. It takes 2 AAA, alkaline batteries. Have a great day.