If you use this microphone with a splitter (like I do), be sure to unplug the splitter when not in use, as I’ve found that the auto-power off seems to still drain the battery.

The Rode Videomic NTG distorts when plugged in to USB because it’s switching into Headphone monitoring mode and is outputing line level (instead of Mic level). If we wanted to continue to use it for Mic output, we would need to cut the signal strength. In practice, this isn’t practical, and you are better off unplugging the USB.