(Update: Time’s Up) Contest: Win A myCharge Battery Backup Unit And Never Worry About Low Battery Again

Update: Time’s up folks, we’ll post the winners shortly!

Do you worry about low battery life? Have you ever found yourself with a dead phone right when you need it most? I know I have and thanks to my recent of review of the myCharge Peak 6000, the folks at myCharge want to make sure you don’t worry about battery life again. With our data consumption on smartphones increasing faster than battery life, there have been far too many days in my life that I’ve found myself reaching for a charger long before the day is over. We hope that technology catches up to data hungry needs in the future, but for now companies like myCharge are doing their part to keep you constantly charged.

So here’s the deal, this contest is short, sweet and easy: Tell us the worst thing that’s ever happened to you because of a dead cell phone battery.

I’ve racked my brain trying to think of my worst case scenario and honestly, I’ve got nothing. I’m sure there are plenty of times I’ve had some notable moment with a dead smartphone, but I can’t think of anything. I’m sure it’ll come to me later, after I’ve already posted this.

On a separate note, thanks to my total rockstar status I’ll be running the very same contest on DroidDog.com and TodaysiPhone.com giving you six total chances to win.

Be sure to check out the myCharge.com website and take a look around.

The Prize: 

  • One first place winner will receive a myCharge Summit 3000 rechargeable battery pack.
  • One runner-up will receive a myCharge Voyage 1000 or myCharge Sojourn 1000 depending on smartphone preference.

How To Enter: 

  • Leave a comment that states the worst thing that has ever happened to you because of a dead cell phone battery. All replies must be original and will be checked against various internet sites to make sure originality.
  • All comments must be left by 5pm EST on Friday, October 12th.

Winner Selection: 

  • The contest will run for a full 24 hour period with winners being selected by the sole discretion of TmoNews staff.
  • The winning contestant will be notified via email, so please leave your email addresses in the comment of via your Disqus login.


  • Open to legal residents of the United States, age 18 and older. Do not take part in the contest if you are not physically in the United States at time of entry. Sweepstakes is void where prohibited by law.

Prize Value: 

  • myCharge Summit 3000: $79.99
  • myCharge Voyage 1000/Sojourn 1000: $39.99

Rules & Regulations:

  • Only one entry per person
  • TmoNews reserves the right to disqualify any entrants for any reason, including but not limited to: submitting multiple entries, creating multiple accounts to enter, adjusting initial comment, any act to circumvent the standard rules or process for the purpose of winning.
  • If the winner does not acknowledge the winning announcement email within 48 hours, another winner will be selected as a replacement.
  • Actual shipment will arrive via FedEx or UPS with by a date to be determined.
  • In the event of sabotage, acts of God, terrorism or threats thereof, computer virus or other events or causes beyond the Sponsor’s control, which corrupt the integrity, administration, security or proper operation of the Promotion, TmoNews reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify entrants and/or modify, cancel or suspend the Promotion.
  • The Promotion Entities expressly disclaim any responsibility and entrants agree to indemnify and hold harmless TmoNews from and against any and all claims, actions, demands and/or liability for injury, damage or loss whatsoever relating to or arising in connection with participation in this Promotion (regardless of the cause of such injury, damage or loss) and/or the delivery and/or subsequent use or misuse of any of the prizes awarded.

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  • Robby

    I was driving through a bad part of the city and my car broke down.. Toyota Camry’s aren’t supposed to break down and my phone had 0 battery left. I had to leave my car to try and find a store that was still open to call for help. WORST TIME TO NOT HAVE A CELL PHONE!

  • Gino Melone

    Well, I feel pathetic. Worst I’ve had was needing to find a different way to waste time…

  • http://twitter.com/Ramonm2 Ramon Medina

    I went to a bar with my gf and while I was talking to some friends she went to the bar for some drinks. At the bar these guys start to talk her up and as I walk over she manages to get away from the group of 6 guys. She starts to drink her gin N tonic and says she doesn’t like it. So we switch drinks and I down her gin N tonic. about a minute later she takes the glasses to the bar and the same guys walk up to her and grab her by the arm. she freaks out and pulls away as I walk up to her to see what’s going on. She pulls me away so I won’t fight anyone and pulls me to the dance floor. We get to the dance floor and I start to feel really dizzy… She takes me somewhere to sit and she comes to the conclusion that someone slipped something in her drink and I drank it. The bouncers wanted me out because I looked like a drunk mess. She told them what happened and they threw me in a cab. On the way back to my place she looks for my phone to call my roommate and the phone had 2% battery life. All she got through on the phone call was that I had been drugged and it died. So my roommates are freaking out, and leave to go find me before we even get there. So now I’m in a cab with no one to help me get out of the cab and into my apartment. My gf says screw it and take me to the ER. All they did there was charge me 80 bucks and have me sleep it off. What a night…

  • Jamie

    I was on the road on a phone interview. I forgot my charger at home (for some reason it didn’t charge…cheap iPhone Cable) and during the interview my phone died….I ended up not getting that job.

  • Charles Enwesi

    The worst thing that ever happened to me was i thought i had my phone charged at night only to find out that my son unplugged the charger from the wall the night before. So i find myself on a plane to Vegas from MD. Pulled out my phone to watch a movie and only had 30% left. Only if i had a full charge or a portable charger like these one i would have really enjoyed the movie.

  • https://www.facebook.com/justin.c.reback Justin

    So every night I make sure to charge my EVO 4G for the next day. The night before this story takes place, I did not charge my phone. Now bear in mind, my phone drains fast. Almost 2 year old EVO, it doesn’t hold a charge quite as good as it used to. This was about 2 and a half months ago. So it’s the next morning, I hear my mom screaming at someone at the door and then the yelling and screaming goes outside. I get up, and find out that it’s someone apparently from the electric company who is lying his ass off saying that our checks have been bouncing the past few months; we don’t even pay by check. So this ass shuts off our power, nearly gives my mom a heart attack. No home internet, so my sister’s calling app on her iPod touch won’t work. My brother and mom’s phone also needs charging and isn’t working, so it’s up to me to have us call the power company. Nope. Not gonna happen. My phone shut off in middle of the night from battery drain. My mom ended up having to go to a neighbor’s house to call them. Find out that indeed this guy was wrong, the payment is not due until the next day; and, as we already knew, how could our alleged check payments have been bouncing for 3 months straight if they didn’t physically send someone over to shut us off. Turns out that this guy was from a collection agency who works for the electric company and has a bad reputation of doing stuff like this to customers. It was a horrible couple of hours without power.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leefercorwin Leefer J. Corwin

    This year I went to my fantsay football draft with cell phone and laptop in hand. While there, my laptop died 5 minutes before the draft. I however was thinking I have my phone, no problem. Well, as the drafts finishes my first pick, my phone battery died. I had no way to draft. so for the rest of the draft, I was stuck on auto-pick and now have a team that sits in last place currently after wiinning the championship the previous year. Thanks cell phone.

  • Sean

    I was leaving a comment on a tmonews.com blog post to win a myCharge whe…

  • Shane Ramkissoon

    Last week, I was running errands and pretty much going all over the place. I was expecting a call from a place I applied for a job to. About an hour or so later, the phone dies as I was still doing errands for my family.

    Having to come home that same day at around 9PM, I started to charge my phone and check my voicemails only to find out I missed not one, but TWO job offers from places I applied to. I called them back, but no dice! :(

  • spidey

    my phone went dead, while i was watching the avengers movie. i thought loki struck me with wand

  • JustMe510

    I was leaving a concert (during which I had used up all my battery life updating my FB status and taking pics) and realized I had left my car charger in my sister’s car. I was driving home and noticed smoke coming from under the hood of my car. I pulled over (on the freeway) and opened the hood – my car was on fire. I had no phone and nothing in the car besides a 2 liter of Dr Pepper. I threw the Dr Pepper on the fire to put it out, but was now stranded, at night, with no car and no phone. I knew the next exit was a bit of a walk, but decided it was best to just get moving and hopefully the gas station would have a phone I could use to call for help. After walking to the gas station – I called AAA to get my car towed home and then my sister who came and got me. Needless to say, this was a HORRIBLE experience could have been slightly less terrible if I had a myCharge battery back up.

  • NZ5

    This was awhile ago when I still had the G1, the first Android phone. The battery life was lacking due the apps I installed and limited battery life of the phone itself. I used the Google map feature while I was driving in Dallas to visit some friends. Since I didn’t know the roads well, I had the map on the phone running while I drived. Needless to say, that killed he battery pretty quickly after half a hour.

    The unfortunate thing was, I was still a distance from my destination. After my battery run out and the phone died. I spent the next two hours on the isolated roads trying to figure out where I am and where I was going. Good news is I made to my friend’s house, bad news is that I missed the dinner by about two hours.

  • Jacob

    lost my car charger and had to drive a long distance that I didn’t know the directions to visit a friend. Arrived to her house which was in the middle of the woods. Battery died and I found myself really needing to handle some business (Numero Dos). Tried to get in the house to realize no one was there (she was at the store). Knocked and knocked hoping she was just sleeping, but nothing. Ended up having to hide behind some trees. Thankfully I finished before she got home. And of course I never told her lol.

  • Aaron Garrett

    I’d love one of these, please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidmullq David Mull

    simple worst thing that could happened to you its you wanna take a girls number and your phone dies on you. no way you are going to give her your number! she would never call :(


    A few weeks ago when i was riding the bus to my campus, I had lost my wallet along the way from the bus stop to the library. It wasn’t until an hour later that I realized this, so I got frantic and tried to retrace my steps. At that point i knew my wallet was gone. To make matters worse, I didn’t bring my charger with me and the battery was already at 32%, I couldn’t leave school because my money ($30), my metrocard, and state id were all in the wallet i just lost. I made calls to my mom but she was in Long Island and wouldn’t be able to get to me until after 5. Problem was my phone shut off before 5 pm and no one had a way to communicate with me. 8 pm comes and now my class is over, with no way to get home and no money to get change I was stranded and since I couldn’t call a cab or anyone to pick me up I ended up walking halfway home along the expressway until someone whom I knew spotted me walking and gave me a ride. Come to find out if I had had my phone on and stayed on campus, I would have known that my mom had called for a cab for me and it was waiting, just on the opposite side of the school, prior to me getting out of my last class but that plan failed. Thanks a lot lg optimus battery, smh (mstevens528@gmail.com)

  • http://twitter.com/Bigbodd Abodd wardak


  • Carlizzle

    I was reflecting on the statement you made Mr. Beren on how you cannot think of an occasion where this has happened to you. I am on that same boat, but think about Mr Beren and Tmonews, if this were to happen, and I won the prize, I would be a-ok because you had my back! That is why I suggest you consider me for this prize ;) plus look at this awesome picture of Kirby dancing I made: <(^.^^.^)>

  • http://twitter.com/HWKL HL

    I was using my phone as GPS and it dead while i was driving. I don’t remember which exit i suppose to take so i just keep driving until I get the next gas station

  • http://www.facebook.com/h3ktyk88 Selim Jamil Savany

    lol, i remember how i got fired from my previous job. I moved From Florida to Chicago. So I’m getting used to using public transportation in the Chi because its just a wreck to drive here. I was in the restaurant business, and my wife dropped me of at the train station every day for work. So couple weeks, I jumped into my daily routine. Im getting ready for work. I forgot to plug my phone in the night before, and I spent a little time reading Android Central and Tmonews and some flick golf before i got out of bed. figured, Eh Karl(a co worker) has a charger if I need it, right before we leave. We leave the house, as usual, one hour before start time at work. She drops me of. I’m waiting for the walk light to turn, I got my Spotify on blast. Finally make it to the station, reach to my back pocket for my wallet. OF COURSE, no wallet. I had everything I needed, but my wallet. I was in a mixture of despair, anger, and just a call away from overall lost of hope lol. I figured, “eh my girl shouldn’t be that far, ill just call her” get my phone out of my pocket there is a massive red line across my battery, I rush to look for my recent calls, and find her, select contact, and call. Phone is calling, rings twice and the phone dies!!! I never wanted to scream “NOO!!!!!!” so bad in my entire life. My girl just had switched her number to a 312 number two weeks before and i could not remember it for the life of me, and lets be honest, who knows their work number in this industry lol. I knew i was in trouble, no money, no phone, I wasn’t about to start asking for money in the street lol. I walked three miles back to the house. called work and they told me I had been terminated since I was relatively new, they just did not care, lol, and to be honest I didn’t either. But the event of not having a battery did cost me my job that time. Now I am a MIT at Lou Malnati’s here in Chicago. Still riding the L, and I hope I don’t go through that again. In fact I hoe no one goes through that again!

  • TMCraver

    Awee i was hoping for an at random i don’t want to have to work for my free mycharge-battery back up unit.. My battery my die trying to type up some sort of awesome paragraph about wanting to win. :( I’m just a broke student who walks around campus all day constantly killing my battery checking for updated t-mobile news information on this website called http://www.tmonews.com in case you’ve never heard of it..

  • MNBug

    While performing an appendectomy using Google’s Google surgery app (beta only) my phone died. All my nursing staff only had iPhone’s so we pulled up iSurgery and since is just came out, it shows the insides in the wrong location. But I didn’t know this so I continued anyway. Luckily I was able to complete the appendectomy, but unfortunately, I gave Mr. Brown an bovine ovary transplant as well :(

  • Simone SectionNine

    September 25th the day the day I upgraded to the suoerman puone the galaxy s3. I never thought I would be failed to be saved by my phone again.

    I love my phone, but the battery is a parasite.. just like in the superman comics.. parasite will suck the energy out of any super hero. My friend that I havent seen in 6 months texts me that he will be in LA oct .9 2012.. he is staying at the w hotel on hollywood blvd. The text was spontaneous and I didnt prepare for the trip to LA at all.. I was in class playing jetpack joyride during my statistics math class lecture.. bored out of my mind.. so my phone had been entertaining me for a good 2 and a half hours. Around 7pm I left to LA with 50% battery.. I turned of data, low screen brightness.. no gps no sync.. to save battery for my potentially dangerous trip to hollywood.. u never know these days.. all the actors are pretty hungry and could result in hannibal lectur habbits.

    I initially switched to the gs3 because my gf was sick and tired of my s2 constantly running on low battery.. she worries about me at night and we love to talk so battery life is an essential part of my life to stay in touch with my gf.. I tricked myself into believing the superman phone has super battery life aswell and made her believe the lie I fooled myself with when I initially switched to the s3.

    I arrive in la.. to the w and my friend danial is still getting ready to meet up with me.. I have to conserve battery so jetpack joyride and angry birds are out of the question.. when I arrive in la im at about 30%.. I even switched to gsm because I noticed my wcdma mode reception bars were low.. and low bars mean more battery consumption.. sigh.. so I had to go to 2g and gsm mode. My friend arrives.. we go eat at katsuya. I gave my gf updates.. and by 1 am I left Hollywood to head back home..

    I live an hour and a half away from la.. I use my gps because the freeway had been shut down… maybe an alternative way home.. my gf was also mad at me for not texting her.. my texts just didnt go through due to vad reception… im halfway home on the freeway Google maps keeps making me take the closed route.. I click alternative route.. but keep falling on a closed freeway.. I did 5 loops.. exiting the 405 south and reentering.. exiting re-entering where was my galaxy s3.. by the 5th loop my phone died.. yes folks.. brightness was low all that battery conserving steps.. and superman failed.. im upset im somewhere in long beach california.. crips and bloods running wild i have no idea how to get back home.. using the streets.. and im 3 exits away on the 405s to somewhere im familiar with. I decide out of frustration to bypass the cones and enter the closed freeway to try and get to the seal beach exit im somewhat familar with.. when I by passed the cones.. my heart started racing because the freeway was a ghost road.. no lights and some construction on the other side of the ramp going on… I realized I could die..maybe the freeway has a pothole I cant see..maybe the foundations are in the process of solidifying.. I starting praying and my heart was racing.. and I told myself what a dumb decision.. I also felt like chucking my ohone out the window.. but I would lose my jetpaxk joyride game stats..anyway b I reached the exit I was familiar wssed the cones and found a route that I was somewhat familar with.. its 2:30 in the morning with all the delays.. im still not home .. and i could have killed myself from a bad decision.. my mind was cloudy.. i was tired and frustrated with the s3.. if I had a good battery my life wouldnt be at risk.. all that frustration caused me to make a stupid decision.. i could have died.. thanks gs3.. ur battery power sucks.. ur no superman.. your more like greenlantern.. and need a mycharge battery pack on the go charger to realize your full potential just like the greenlantern needs his green lalantern to recharge.. and allow you to save lives..

  • dpmb

    Phone died, and I couldn’t log on to tmonews.com. Worst day ever. I swear.

  • Dan Rubin

    Mine will be quick and easy. I was driving home from Chicago and I had only had my license for about 1 year and I had a flat tire while on the highway. Luckily it was during the day time and their was light or else it could have been a lot worse. but sadly it did get worse. I went to look at my phone and realized that my battery was on low and I remembered then I left my car charger in my moms car. I tried making a call to my dad but as I heard “hello” my phone just died. At this point I am kind of freaked out because I have no way of contacting anybody and it’s very dangerous to walk near the highway. While sitting my car thinking of what I can do a car pulls up behind me and asked if I needed help. It was an IDOT worker, they are highway patrol help.He helped me change my tire, I have never done it before so don’t make fun and I was on the highway, and as they say the rest is history. drubin44@gmail.com

  • gudtenant

    we were playing with voicemail greeting messages, mine was set up with a recording of my friend pretending to pick up the phone and being very rude, and my voice at the background “tell them i’m not available”… my phone died and when my parents called they were transferred immediately to the voicemail… when i finally got home and turned it on, they called again and they were very mad because they thought i didn’t want to talk to them…

  • Michael Wu

    I want to get this charger as a present for my dad.

  • miketx

    A MyCharge would make a world of a difference in my life on a daily basis. In my field as a public servant days are very long and action is plentiful.
    The moment that I could could’ve benefited from having an extra charge to my galaxy s2 is often but recently while helping a stranded motorist in a rather remote location towards the end of shift my service radio had too much interference yet when I looked at my phone i had enough signal to make a call but while doing so within seconds my battery died. while sometimes I’m in a vehicle this time i was on foot for most of the day. i have already showed the review to coworkers who plan to purchase one as well.

  • Omar

    My story begins at Universal Studios. After a fun day we all have to head back home. Well that would of been my case if it wasn’t for my phone dying on me. I couldn’t contact my original ride there because my phone was dead and they couldn’t contact me either. My only way home was to take the metro rail. But to my luck the rail didn’t start running again until 5am. I was stuck and stranded there until then, but thankfully made it back home around 8:30am.

    If I do happen to win please email me via omar_673@yahoo.com

  • MistaSmoove

    Five years ago one of my bosses at an old job asked me to drive his daughter’s SUV out to her at her college. The vehicle was in New York, and her college was in Colorado. Perpetually broke and eager for the chance to unwind on a nice roadtrip, I jumped on the opportunity. Everything was spectacular–grand vistas, cozy and cheap hotels and savory junk food meals included. Until the last day. My then-girlfriend was a little jealous, and her gut feeling was telling her that I was at risk of hooking up with some random girl and ruining our relationship. We were on the phone as I was crossing the border into Colorado and the sky was an ominous broth of gray and charcoal tufts. What’s a modern, sensitive man to do? “Look, sweetheart, if you don’t trust me by now and after all I’ve done to show you how much you mean to me then I just know what to tell ya…” Yeah, that’s it. Respect it, baby. No, wait…I need to flex a little more muscle… “I think we need to go one a break, sweetie. I just can’t take this right now.” Oh yeaaah. That’ll teach her. It didn’t. The whole “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” kicks in and I proceed to get no less than 27 phone calls in rapid succession, each beginning with “So what are we, are we still together?” and ending with a series of expletives and hang-ups. Ooops. The sky explodes in divine fury, hail, snow, rain and lightning all at once. I suddenly notice my cellphone is about to die. I’ve got 15 cents left, knowing that I was maybe an hour away from delivering the vehicle, getting paid and hopping on my flight home. The phone rings again and I’m getting warnings now…plug in your charger. I don’t have a car charger. “Sweetheart, I’m sorry I got upset. I think it’s best we give each other a little space. My phone’s about to die and I don’t know where this girl lives at the college to deliver it. It’s a big college, the weather is horrible and I have no way to find her if my phone is dead. Please, let’s talk when I get back.” Nope. Not good enough. 10 more rejected calls and I’m in the town where the college is. The 11th call is what does it. My phone gives up the ghost, I’m broke and wondering how the heck am I going to find my bosses’ daughter, deliver the car and get on the plane. An hour later and I’m wondering how I’m going to survive…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Sdk-Bayani-Daelo/100000995112984 Kevin Sdk Bayani Daelo

    My worst moment I ever had when my phone died was when it was raining really bad, there detours on the main road due to flooding in each of the viaducts, heavy traffic because of that, and I barely had any gas left. To matters even more better, I was still about 3 hours away from my house. I couldn’t call anyone to let them know where I was or even if I got stranded. Police guiding the traffic to a non flooded street didn’t help either. It was so disorganized and very hard to see. I managed to get to the gas station, but to my house was going to take a while. One of my worst days I ever had.

  • http://twitter.com/ClarkKent113 Kal-El

    I was streaming WatchESPN for an FSU game and my phone died about midway through the 3rd quarter. Did not have access to any television or laptop at the time so was frustrated.

  • ldmm0609

    Worts thing thst happen to me id that my phone died and my charger wasnt working ether and sad part I bought a charger and phone wasnt charging etherso sincre I had insurance on phone I had to request a new had to be with outa phone 3 dayz till gret new phone email is ldmm0609@yahoo.comt

  • Josue

    i met my gf while i was at work and my battery was dead so i couldn’t text her…to this day i still regret and im always reminded by her lol

  • jana zhang

    my android dead on the last new year’s eve. i couldn’t even share my happiness on that moment!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    So who won?

  • guest

    So who won or was this contest a fake?

    • http://tmonews.com David

      The winners have been notified!