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In general battery-operated electric pencil sharpeners are more versatile, since they're portable. Two brands highly rated by consumers are the Stanley Contemporary Electric Pencil Sharpener, which is battery operated, and for stationary use in office or home office, the Boston School Pro Electric Pencil Sharpener. While dealing with plugs and AA batteries might be more complicated than using mechanical pencil sharpeners, battery-operated pencil sharpeners offer convenience. Fans of the history of the pencil sharpener may like an antique pencil sharpener, but very few antique electric pencil sharpeners exist, even on EBay.