Oh, the dreaded Steam Crave Plus V2 mesh deck, must say, I am not a fan. I did put up a wicking tutorial on the steamcrave fan club FB page for that deck. It is really finicky in the way it wicks, not much wiggle room, either you get it spot on or it sucks.
Steamcrave does have a mesh strip cotton laces now which work pretty good. Much better in the Titan dual series mesh deck, that mesh just rips and is one of my favorites.
The new Aromamizer Supreme V3 mesh deck works good as well but that Plus V2 mesh deck…blah. you can get excellent performance but it is a PITA. I have 2 other local loyal Plus users just toss the mesh deck for it and they are experienced builders. I built it for both of them and they enjoyed it but when they went to build it themselves they had the same problem as you, 40 to 60 watts tops before they got dry hits. I can rip it at 80 to 100 watts but hardly use it myself anymore. The Kylin M is SO much easier to wick and just as good IMO.
Funny thing is the Plus V2 mesh deck works better in the Ragnar. The chamber reducer you put on the mesh deck makes it easier to adjust your wicks from underneath so the bottom juice holes are not blocked.
If your on Facebook I can try and find my wick tutorial but warning, I suck at finding things on FB lol.
The simple of it…the wick needs to be super tight under the mesh, if it is not any cotton not making contact with the mesh completely will cause a burnt taste. This is why SC made a mistake not using a ceramic spring loaded block under the cotton to keep constant contact. You then have to thin out your wick like crazy, more than you would think before putting them into the juice wells. You will have to use a damming technique, that is the wick is barely covering the wicking slots, if the wicks go down too far then your screwed.
I have 4 or 5 of the Plus V2 mesh decks and they pretty much gather dust now. The Titan dual series mesh deck gets used everyday, has given new life to my Titans.