Just got this last week in view of the price compared to original from Canon.
They have it for Nikon & Sony as well, indicated by brand sticker on them, inside the display case.
I haven't put it to field test, so can't really comment on the recycling.
But you need batteries on the flash as well, for it to work, so that's a total of 10 batteries (6 on flash pack, 4 on flash). It's more of a supplement for the flash batteries to last longer.
I got it together with a 8 pieces charger, 8 pieces of Imedion AA at a price of 199 since I needed the charger as well. Justin the older guy serve me that day. They will be at Sitex these few days so the shop is closed for the duration.